sexual health

Making Sex Enjoyable Again

Posted on 07/12/2013 by |Sex & Relationships | Comments

RelationshipsQ: My husband is 50. For some years he has been unable to have an orgasm during intercourse. He can get and maintain an erection for a reasonable amount of time, however. Neither of us get much pleasure from sex as a result, and avoid it because it ends with disappointment. Is there anything we can do to facilitate the orgasm? Dr. Pepper Schwartz: Yes, but you need to go to a doctor to find out exactly what is causing …

How to Talk Honestly About Sex Over 50

Posted on 07/5/2013 by |Sex & Relationships | Comments

RelationshipsQ: I’m a 68-year-old widower and have decided to start dating again. I use a vacuum pump to achieve an erection since I have erectile dysfunction caused by long-term diabetes. When do I tell a prospective partner about this? Surprising her with this when things are about to get “hot and heavy” doesn’t seem like a very good idea. My deceased wife was my only partner using this device. She was fine with it, but I have no idea how …

What Improves Sex? For Boomers, a New Hip or Knee

Posted on 04/10/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf  your joints hurt when you move, it’s no surprise that your sex life suffers as well. But as more boomers get hip- or knee-replacement surgery, they’re finding an added benefit: a better love life. Among 147 joint-replacement patients (average age: 57) surveyed in a new study, most said their arthritis had interfered with their sex lives, the New York Times reported. After surgery, 81 percent of those who said their sex lives had suffered as a result of a …

New Drug for Painful Sex in Older Women

Posted on 03/1/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s a common problem among postmenopausal women — painful sexual intercourse due to thinner, drier, more fragile vaginal tissues. To help the roughly 32 million women with this condition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug called Osphena. As the Los Angeles Times pointed out, it’s not exactly the pink version of Viagra, but the new drug may provide some help to women whose libido has been waylaid by moderate to severe pain during sex. Dyspareunia …

Sex: Is it weird when…

Posted on 11/12/2012 by |Sex & Relationships | Comments

RelationshipsQ: What does it mean when a guy goes mentally numb and has an “out-of-body” experience of sorts during sex? In the few times we have had sex, the guy I’m trying to be with has mentioned this happening. He says it is the best feeling in the world but also kind of scary, and that he has had this feeling only one other time out of all the relationships he has had. He told me not to worry about …

The Takeaway: Sex and the Nursing Home

Posted on 06/26/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayI’ll admit I’ve not thought much about the sex lives of nursing home residents. But several Australian researchers have, with particular concern for patients with dementia. In a new paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics, they charge residential care facilities with denying residents “a basic human right” by discouraging or prohibiting consensual sexual activities. Consent, of course, is part of the issue when it comes to people with cognitive impairment such as dementia. But the start of dementia doesn’t mean the end of desire.