Based upon studies documented in the New England Journal of Medicine, the statistics broken down by age group show: 73% of those 57 – 64 years old; 53% of people ages 64 to 75; and 26% of people between the ages of 75 to 85 are having sexual intercourse.
As seniors continue to participate in sexual relationships, many are faced with medical conditions that inhibit or make sexual activity more difficult.
As president of Advanced Urology Centers of New York, the largest independent provider of urology services in the United States, I have noticed that issues such as erectile dysfunction, urinary tract infections, stress incontinence and sexually transmitted diseases affect intimate relations among our more mature patients.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
An estimated 30 million men in the United States are unable to achieve and or maintain an erection. It is caused by a reduction in the blood flow within the penis from factors such as depression or medications. Erectile dysfunction may also be a sign of more serious health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.
Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) occur when bacteria seeps into the urinary tract through the urethra and travels into the bladder, kidneys, or ureters. Menopausal women are likely to be affected by UTIs due to changes in the vaginal lining and decrease in estrogen.
The stretching or weakening of the pelvic floor muscles resulting from prior pelvic surgeries, menopause or childbirth can cause stress incontinence. This allows urine to leak out of the bladder and can cause women to discharge urine during intimacy.
There have been an alarming number of sexually transmitted diseases diagnosed among seniors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chlamydia infections among Americans more than 65 years old rose by 31%, while syphilis cases increased by 52% due to unprotected sex.
It’s important for seniors to seek medical advice to avoid complications and enjoy sexual relations well into their golden years. Most times, these medical issues can be alleviated with the correct diagnosis and treatment plan.
Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY), a division of Integrated Medical Professionals, is comprised of community physicians committed to providing the highest level of medical service and patient care available. With more than 45 locations in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Manhattan, Westchester, Rockland County and The Bronx, AUCNY is the largest urology group practice in the United States, and leading regional provider of urology services. AUCNY physicians represent some of the country’s top urologists, many of whom are active in clinical and academic research, participate in postgraduate medical education and lecture internationally on cutting edge breakthroughs in medicine. AUCNY urologists are on staff in most hospitals in the New York Metro region and participate in most insurance plans, including Medicare.
To learn more about Advanced Urology Centers of New York call 516 931-0041 or visit http://www.aucofny.com/category/news/.
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