Sex and Health


Optimal Health and Men’s Sexual Life Expectancy

sex-and-healthMen in very good or excellent health are 1.5 to 1.8 times more likely to report an interest in sex than those in poorer health. When it comes to their sexual life expectancy, if they’re in good health they can expect to add several years to their sex life. Men in excellent health can add even more to that.

30-year-old men of average health will experience sexual longevity lasting 35 years into their future – meaning to when they’re age 65 – while 55-year-old men can expect another 15 years–or to when they’ve reached 70. But men in very good or excellent health, unlike those in poor or fair health, can factor in an additional five to seven years to that expectancy.

One study from the University of Chicago showed that 40% of men ages 75 to 85 remain in sexual relationships. So it’s not surprising that males think about sex until their later years. Therefore, it’s important to know that men can add five to seven years to their sexual lifespan just by being in good or excellent health.

The University of Chicago Medical Center: Stretching Out Your Sex Life
Forget the Myths About Sex and Aging: Libidos Rage at Any Age, Psychology Today, September 13, 2010
Sexual Health InfoCenter: Natural Changes in Men Better Senior Sex: Tips for Enjoying a Healthy Sex Life as You Age
Harvard Health Publications Harvard Medical School: Sexuality and Men: Lifestyle, Health Related to a Good Sex Life as Men Age

Sexual Performance

sex-and-healthSexual activity is a major area of interest for men. Yet some men are not comfortable with talking about sex to a health professional. Other men mistakenly believe that lower sex drive or other conditions of the male reproductive system are a normal part of aging. By bettering your level of health through diet, exercise and relaxation, a man can improve the quality of his sexual performance. In fact, men can add five to seven years to their sexual lifespan just by being in good or excellent health. Nonetheless, no matter what your age, you should always seek qualified medical advice. And talk to your doctor if you have:

  • Problems getting an erection
  • Problems keeping an erection
  • Other problems that keep you or your partner from enjoying sex

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC): Erectile Dysfunction
MedlinePlus: Aging changes in the male reproductive system
American Diabetes Association: Sexual Health