Sexual pleasure after 50 - Making time for sex and sensuality

6 April 2015

Many people enjoy fantastic sex into their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond – whether it’s in a long-term relationship or dating and finding new love.

But getting older can bring challenges – changes to your body, your circumstances and your outlook on life can all affect sex, from what you find pleasurable to how much you want to have it.

Whether you're in a long-term relationship or a new one, communication with your partner is key. Finding out what each other feels and wants is really important.

It can be easy to slip into a routine so take some time to think about when, where and how often you have sex and whether this is meeting your needs.

It's also easy to get caught up in day-to-day life, so the first step to regaining (or beginning) a sizzling sex life as you get older can be to recognise and make time for sex and sensuality.

Here are a few ideas from FPA's booklet People Over 50: Relationships and Sexual Health

  • Indulge your sensual side through dancing, eating food that excites your taste buds or wearing clothes that make you feel sexy.
  • Discover your erotic side. Watch a sexy movie or read an erotic book.
  • Masturbate. It's a normal part of your sexuality and it’s good for you.
  • Join a class or learn a new hobby – something that really excites you.
  • Spend time with close friends and family and share affection.