Our sexual response is different from men's in a number of ways. We're more responsive than spontaneous. We're more easily aroused by sexual stimuli if we start from a place of emotional intimacy. Sex after menopause can be more satisfying when emotional intimacy is the foundation for our sexual experiences.
Midlife can give us the opportunity to rediscover that intimacy, or to engage emotionally for the first time. Within those relationships, we can have satisfying sex after 40, fantastic sex after 50, and stay sexually active as long as we like. The suggestions below will get you started.
First published 01/13/2010 Last updated 07/27/2010
Learn how your body's changes affect your sexuality.
Understanding what's changing can help you keep sex enjoyable.
Enhance comfort by caring for your vaginal and vulvar tissues.
Compensating for lower hormone levels means taking care of yourself.
Increase sensation in genital tissues.
Taking more time, energy, and attention can re-awaken our sensations.
Maintain tone in the pelvic floor muscles.
Exercising these muscles encourages circulation and strengthens orgasms.
Build intimate relationships.
Having emotional bonds is essential for good sex after 40.