Sex in Your 50s… Has the Rise of Mid-Life Dating Triggered a New Epidemic of Post-Coital Problems in Older Women?
Has the Rise of Mid-Life Dating Triggered a New Epidemic of Sexual Problems?
The article below is sex British-based, so I am unsure if all the products listed are available to Americans or others outside of Britain.
I don’t necessarily endorse sex outside of marriage – the doctor who wrote this is fine and dandy with people committing fornication.
After reading articles like the following, which discuss all the possible (health) ways sex can go wrong (lead to pain, discomfort, physical injury, etc), I don’t think sex sounds like it’s worth it. Sex sounds like more trouble than it’s worth.
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(Link): Sex in your 50s… Has the rise of mid-life dating triggered a new epidemic of post-coital problems with one-in-three older woman suffering pain related to intimate liaisons?
By Dr. Philippa Kaye
February 15, 2023
[The article beings by discussing a woman in her 60s named Anne who had only ever had sex with her husband, but he and she divorced a few years before, her daughters got her to join a dating app, she met a new man via the app, had sex with that guy, which resulted in physical health issues]
…I had to break it to Anne that as we age, while the spirit might be willing, the body, so to speak, isn’t always so up for new romance.
Sex after the menopause can continue to be enjoyable.
But, to put it bluntly, changes to the vagina mean that, for some women, this doesn’t come as naturally as they may have hoped. Without a small amount of medical help, sex can lead to discomfort, bleeding and infections.
I’d like to say at this point that patients like Anne are not unusual.
As our surgery’s women’s health specialist, cases like this often come to me, and over the past five years or so they’ve been increasingly frequent.
Divorce, desertion or the death of a partner all mean the same thing: people in middle age find themselves newly single.
And the rise of online and app-based dating services, while fantastic in many respects, has meant problems such as Anne’s are increasingly common.
… And if you are having a tough time becoming sexually active again with a new partner – or even struggling with a not-so-new one – there’s actually a lot GPs can do to help. Painful sex is not something you have to put up with.
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