When the flagpole doesn’t reach full mast

Do you have an unsteady bridge unable to support its weight? Has your engine lost horsepower? Is your ship stranded in shallow waters? Does it sometimes feel like moisturizing the Sahara Desert? Do you feel like a deflated balloon on party night?

These metaphors may hit close to home for men of a certain age. They also serve as subtle reminders that our bodies have warning signals too. One such signal is erectile dysfunction (ED)—a condition that can actually point to issues with your heart health. The link between ED and coronary artery disease (CAD) should not be missed. Here are some tips on how to keep your sex life sailing smoothly after crossing the 40 threshold. If you do not wake up with morning wood at least 4 of 7 days after the age of 40, you need an executive physical exam that includes the whole package.

Understanding the Link between ED and CAD:

When it comes to men’s health, coronary artery disease takes center stage as the leading cause of death in the United States. Surprisingly, almost 70% of cases of ED occur before CAD is even detected, emphasizing the importance of not brushing off this warning sign. If you’re experiencing ED, it’s crucial to visit a doctor for evaluation and assessment of potential cardiovascular health issues.

Lifestyle Factors and Erectile Function:

Unlocking the secret to healthy erectile function lies in the choices we make in our day-to-day lives. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, a sedentary lifestyle, excess belly fat, diabetes, high blood pressure, and dwindling antioxidant defenses can thwart the production of nitric oxide (NO)—a crucial component for vascular health and erectile function. By making positive lifestyle changes, incorporating physical activity, improving our nutrition and weight control, and addressing any testosterone deficiencies, we can significantly enhance our vascular and erectile function.

The Role of Medications and Conditions:

If you find yourself experiencing a decrease in libido or worry about medications affecting your sexual drive, it’s essential to engage in an open dialogue with your doctor. Certain medications and conditions can impact sexual desire, but exploring suitable alternatives can breathe new life into your sex life. (Do not stop or change anything unless you speak to your healthcare provider)

Embracing Changing Desires:

As we age, the days of spontaneous sexual desire may dwindle, but fear not, for responsive desire comes to the rescue. This type of desire is ignited by direct sexual stimulation, and it becomes more prevalent as time goes on. Taking the time for foreplay, exploring new avenues of intimacy, and even introducing sex toys or lubricants can enrich the pleasure and comfort during sexual activities.

Overcoming Physical Hurdles:sexual disappointment

Sometimes, our aging bodies present us with certain physical challenges that can make sex more challenging. From balance issues to fatigue, it’s important to find ways to adapt and overcome. Fortunately, there are aids available, such as foam positioning pillows, wedges, or doorjamb swings, that can provide stability and help you and your partner safely and comfortably engage in various sexual acts.

Achieving Optimal Overall Health for Better Sex:

A healthy body leads to a healthy sex life. Prioritizing good sleep, nourishing yourself with a well-balanced diet (such as the Mediterranean diet), controlling your blood pressure, engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise, incorporating resistance training, practicing relaxation techniques, and deep breathing all contribute to a healthier body and a better sex life.

Shifting the Focus from Performance to Intimacy:

It’s time to let go of the pressure of performance and embrace the beauty of intimacy. Forget the unrealistic expectations set by certain forms of media and instead focus on building genuine connections, effective communication, and shared pleasure with your partner. By exploring each other’s desires and finding alternative paths to orgasm, you can still achieve a satisfying sexual experience without solely relying on penetrative sex. There are many options. We can discuss during your exam so that you return better informed.

Maintaining a healthy and fulfilling sex life after the age of 40 is entirely within your grasp. By understanding the connection between Erectile Dysfunction and CAD, making adjustments to your lifestyle, addressing any concerns about medications, adapting to changing desires, and prioritizing your overall health, you can experience enhanced sexual experiences well into your golden years. If ED is something you’re coping with, don’t hesitate to consult with a healthcare professional for a personalized evaluation and advice. Embrace the opportunity to prioritize your sexual health and take proactive steps towards improving your overall well-being.

Try these non-pharmacological lifestyle adjustments first to end your body’s temporary embargo on performing the horizontal tango:

  • Kick the smoking habit to the curb
  • Keep alcohol consumption in check
  • Get moving with regular physical activity
  • Bid farewell to excess belly fat
  • Get tested and manage diabetes like a true champ
  • Get checked tame high blood pressure

Remember, it’s all about finding balance and embracing the pleasure that comes with a healthy sex life. Cheers to the road ahead—and remember, the journey can be just as exhilarating as the destination.