high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease all become more common in older men and women. And all can impede blood flow, affecting your sexual response. “Diabetes has two dramatic impacts with sexual activity because it affects both the nerves and the blood vessels,” says Barkin. If you’re obese, “Physically, the act of sex can be more difficult because you just can’t get close enough to your partner.”
Naturally, we’ re going to suggest weight loss, better diet and exercise. “More aerobic activity will increase blood flow and oxygenation,” says Barkin. Cut back on alcohol, which makes you less alert and slows your response time. Paulsen suggests: “Get a physical. See if there are things that you can be doing to feel healthier.”
Certain medications like antidepressants and blood pressure drugs can interfere with sexual function or desire. Ask your doctor about side effects. It may be possible to modify the drug or dose to lessen the impact.
If you develop a physic- al disability like arthritis or stroke, experiment with different aids and positions. “Is being in the bathtub together a more pleasurable environment? Or propping pillows differently? It’s about being creative and trying something that works,” notes Paulsen. For more creative poses, go to www.everythingzoomer.com/tips-tricks10-pain-free-positions.