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Seniors and Sex

Good sex is possible for seniors, but help might be necessary 

    Most men and women derive physical and emotional enjoyment from sexual intercourse. Unfortunately, decreased performance may cause mental distress and even psychological problems. Regular, pleasurable sexual gratification is important to your overall health and can even increase your longevity! A study of about 1,000 men between 45 and 59 years old showed that men who experienced 2 or more satisfying orgasms a week reduced their risk of dying by over 50%! 

    What about Women?

    It is no secret that as we get older, the sexual desire and performance gradually begin to diminish. The evidence that the problem is very common and widespread is the incredible success of Viagra, which has brought the issue of sexual potency and vitality into the limelight. The "sexual revolution" caused by Viagra, however, has been focused exclusively on men, with women being completely ignored. However, most women experience a decline in their sexual desire shortly before, during and after menopause. 

    As the function of the ovaries declines, women experience a drop in the levels of ovarian hormones - estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. This leads to vaginal dryness, depression, changes in mood and other symptoms that interfere with normal sexual performance. 

    A typical regimen of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) usually involves the administration of horse-derived estrogen and synthetic progestin. Though it does reduce vaginal dryness, it does absolutely nothing to improve libido and sexual desire. Additionally, a number of studies have raised concerns about the unacceptably high rate of complications, including breast and uterine cancer.

    Benefits of Testosterone

    Testosterone plays a key role in maintaining strength and production of energy. Having normal testosterone levels is essential for general good health and well being. It also elevates mood and boosts sex drive in men and women. Unfortunately, the level of testosterone drops significantly with advancing age. This promotes a decrease in sex drive (libido) and the ability to perform, plus fatigue, depression, increased body fat, reduced muscle mass and bone loss. 

    Men experience a gradual loss of testosterone beginning around 30 years of age. The level declines in most women before menopause and drops suddenly afterward. In fact, it is not unusual for a postmenopausal woman to have an undetectable testosterone level. 

    A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined 75 postmenopausal women who received testosterone for 12 weeks. All of the women studied reported higher frequency and greater enjoyment of sexual intercourse as well as increase in the overall feeling of well being.

    How can You Increase Your Testosterone levels?

    Testosterone is naturally released in spurts. The injections, pills and transdermal patches that are normally used in Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can cause abnormal patterns and actually suppress the body's ability to produce testosterone. Thankfully, all of these problems can be overcome with the use of a natural substance known as Androstenedione (ASD).

    ASD is naturally produced in the body by the adrenal glands. One of the important properties of ASD is the ability to be converted into testosterone, making it an ideal natural testosterone precursor. 

    Studies show that ASD has increased testosterone levels in both men and women. Even more important, ASD mimics the normal testosterone metabolism in our bodies, making it uniquely qualified as a natural way to restore declining testosterone levels in aging men and women to those of young, healthy adults.

    Other Sexual Enhancers

    Though ASD alone can help improve the sexual drive and performance in both men and women, the effect is even more dramatic when it is combined with other known aphrodisiacs.

    Horny Goat Weed is a traditional botanical medicine used in both China and Japan. It has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac. In both animal and human studies, Horny Goat Weed was shown to have testosterone-like effects. It can stimulate sexual desire and help to increase sexual activity in both men and women. It may also increase sperm production and support the adrenal glands, increasing energy and stamina.

    Muira Puama (also called "potency wood") is well known in South America and is quickly gaining a favorable reputation in North America and Europe. Indigenous tribes in Brazil use it for treating sexual debility and impotency and even to prevent baldness! These results have been confirmed by medical studies in South America and in Europe.

    Tribulus Terrestris has traditionally been used in Europe and Asia to relieve the symptoms of infertility and menopause in women, impotence in males and as a tonic to increase the sexual libido of men and women. Many studies confirm these results.

    Yohimbe, derived from the bark of the West African tree known as Corynanthe yohimbe, is legendary. For ages, tribes in that region have used Yohimbe to enhance sexual powers and virility. It expands the blood vessels in the genitals, causing increased blood flow. This effect is very important for producing an erection in men and increased arousal in women. Some herbalists call Yohimbe 'the most potent aphrodisiac known'.

    Saw Palmetto and Serenoa Repens have demonstrated significant benefits in numerous studies in relieving the symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), one of the most common causes of decreased sexual desire and performance in aging men. Saw Palmetto is regarded by many herbalists as an aphrodisiac. The American Indians have used it for this purpose for many centuries.

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