February 27th, 2017
Aging is an inevitable physiological process that may cause a lot of serious physical as well as hormonal changes in our body. Needless to say, that these changes may impact our overall health as well. With advancing age, the male reproductive system also gets affected and men experience certain changes such as, change in the production of sperms, atrophy of testicular tissues, and onset of sexual or erectile dysfunction. However, unlike women these reproductive changes are not spontaneous and occur more gradually with the passage of time. These age-related reproductive changes in men are also referred to as andropause.
Here is what happens with advancing age:
Aging does not really affect the ability to father a child. A man can reproduce even without a fully functional prostate gland! The number of living sperms may get reduced but the volume of ejaculate remains largely unaffected. An aged man may have lesser desire to engage in sex but it is not solely due to aging! In fact, some aged men may have the same zest as that of a young man!Low libido can be due to low T levels, chronic illness, medications or due to psychosocial changes. Aging alone does not limit men to have pleasurable sex.
One of the most common issue that is reported by aging men is erectile dysfunction! However, ED is more likely due to other health problems rather than just aging. Disease conditions such as diabetes or use of anti-hypertensive medications may result into difficulty in achieving or maintaining stronger erections throughout the climax. Erectile dysfunction is treatable if caused due to certain medications or any disorder. As mentioned earlier, BPH may cause urinary problems. An enlarged prostate can block urethra, the tube that carries the urine into the bladder. This blockage may result into urinary retentions or urinary tract infections.
Urinary and sexual problems due to diabetes, hypertension or other health issues can be managed by treating the underlying conditions. But, testicular atrophy or prostate enlargement are not escapable. Change in sexual desires or responses are mainly due to factors other than aging. Men who are sexually active during middle age are more likely to continue to having pleasurable sex even at an elderly age.
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