Sexuality has many positive effects on health – for example, secreted hormones make you happier and more relaxed. Although there are physical limitations with age, this is not a reason to completely abstain from sex.
Professor Bernd Kleine-Gunk is a gynecologist and an expert in anti-aging medicine. In his book "Why abstinence puts health at risk and protects the sex of cancers," the doctor advocates fewer and fewer prohibitions when it comes to preserving our shape and our health for a long time.
It also counts the act of love: "Sex keeps you young and healthy, as long as it's fun." Some things require more time at an older age or require only the help of a doctor, so you do not have to hurry. What happens in the body during intercourse, what positive health effects does the love game have and what changes occur in old age – overview
What happens in the body during sex
When we move, the body takes advantage of it: sweating and activating the circulation, taking a deep breath and exhausting it. It's the same with sex, says Kleine-Gunk. But he advises: "Sexuality should not be considered as a sports program." During sex, about 200 calories are burned. During sex, some hormones are released. The happy hormones dopamine, serotonin and endorphins stimulate the brain.
Endorphins even act as an endogenous analgesic. "Good sex is a recommended medical procedure with pleasant side effects if you have a headache," writes the gynecologist. The so-called oxytocin, a binding hormone, is released during orgasm and ensures a closer bond with the partner. The body produces it even with intimate glances.
In men, the hormone is released in abundance, which can cause them to fall asleep shortly after intercourse. In addition, his brain releases luteinizing hormone, which stimulates testosterone formation in the testes. The male sex hormone stimulates the burning of fat and promotes muscle growth.
What are the positive qualities of body fluids?
Each kiss ensures the formation of a larger amount of saliva – this protects the teeth and gums from caries and periodontal disease. About 400 bacteria are exchanged during a kiss. Among them, there is virtually no pathogen, but good bacteria that support the immune system and thus ensure a healthier body.
Male sperm contains many vitamins, proteins and testosterone. The hormone is absorbed by the vaginal skin during intercourse and increases the libido of the woman, explains the gynecologist. A substance called spermidine "is one of the most promising anti-aging ingredients". The substance stimulates "the elimination and recycling of molecular waste in cells". The brain benefits in particular: it causes the agglutination of protein waste in beta-amyloid plaques, which are the essential basis of Alzheimer's dementia. By the way, spermidine is not only contained in sperm, it is also found in foods such as cheese, wheat bran and soy.
If the partner is missing
If you do not have a partner or partner, you must not do without sex. Even masturbation is healthy: in the body, in principle, the same hormonal reactions occur as in the partners, says Kleine-Gunk.
One study even found that men between the ages of 20 and 50 reduced their risk of prostate cancer by masturbating five times a week. The reason: "The more the line is rinsed, the less it remains, which damages the cells."
What changes in old age
With menopause ends the reproductive capacity of the woman. But that should not be a disadvantage for the sex life, the fear of unwanted pregnancies disappears, for example. The result: the level of estrogen in the body decreases, which thins the skin and mucous membranes. This mainly concerns the vagina.
This can make it painful and difficult for the man to invade the woman. The expert advises to provide estrogen, either with suppositories or with a cream. Even an anatomical problem can complicate the act of love: the pelvic floor loses its stability. This can result in an involuntary loss of urine or non-support of the penis in the vagina. The gynecologist recommends pelvic floor exercises to train the muscles. If that does not help, surgery is an alternative.
Men have power problems
Men can suffer from erectile dysfunction with age. The man can not obtain and maintain an "erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual action" (definition of the German Society of Urology). The expert explains that the increased calcification of blood vessels first affects the place where, in some situations, a lot of blood flows – such as during an erection. Diabetes can also be detrimental because the disease damages the nervous system, which plays an important role in the erection.
Small-Gunk advises alleged sources of power such as Tigerpenissen, rhinoceros horn or extracts of the Spanish fly's beetle. They are still ineffective and the beetle extract is even poisonous. In contrast, Viagra is effective – in addition to increasing potency, it also protects against heart attacks and Alzheimer's disease. The doctor advises to take seriously the problems of activity: "The penis is in a way a divine wand for diseases of the cardiovascular system and metabolism.First comes the erectile dysfunction, then the heart attack."
Sex in old age: does not create pressure
Important for sex in the elderly: if sex becomes a commitment, the health benefits disappear. Do not pressurize and "if the joints hurt you, you do not have to go through the Kamasutra." If you are tired of having sex, you do not have to worry – you have to accept "if someone does not care about sex," says Kleine-Gunk.
More tips to age with pleasure: Prof. Dr. med. Bernd Kleine-Gunk, "Why abstinence endangers health and protects sex against cancer.Anti-age Secrets for the Indulgence of People.", GU-Verlag, ISBN: 978-3 -8338-6707-1, 10.99 Euro.