NWWC Newsletter
MAY 2014
What Our Patients Have Said...

Dear Dr. Geittmann:
Thank you so much for everything you have done for me! Not only did you get me through a long difficult pregnancy, but you made my labor and delivery so smooth and uneventful (and very easy)! You game me my precious daughter and made sure we were both healthy the whole way through. You also got me through my last surgery pain-free! You are truly the best doctor!"
~ Love, Ashley and family
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Sexuality and Physical Changes with Aging

It should come as no surprise to any of us that our bodies change as we get older. Those changes include physical and emotional changes that have a myriad of effect on sexual and intimacy for both men and women. Many of these changes are normal, and some are exacerbated by other issues such as illness. Understanding the changes and what impacts them can help you to overcome their effects. In many cases, there is no reason not to enjoy a healthy sex life.

Normal Changes for Women

Usually, sexual changes that occur with women become exacerbated with age. Men might notice that women have a reduction in willingness to have sex. Women may notice that sex is different, not as pleasurable, or even painful. Physical changes to women often occur as her vagina undergoes physical changes. These chances can be normal occurrences. It is not uncommon for the shape of the vagina to change as women age. The vaginal walls may become thin and rigid where they were once thicker and flexible. Women may also notice that the natural lubrication produced within the vaginal canal becomes less or absent. One of the positive and easy ways to overcome dryness is to use lubrication. There are many brands of lubrication available that are designed for sexual intercourse. Mail order makes obtaining such products easy and embarrassment free. Many drug stores and even some grocery stores now carry personal lubricants. It is also important to talk with your gynecologist about changes to your sex life that impact pleasure and or function. Sometimes these changes are an indication of other changes within your body for which your doctor may need to be informed. An example would be the start of menopause. Knowing what is going on is half of the battle. Whether the cure is something as simple as personal lubrication or as complex as hormone therapy, is a conversation that needs to happen between you and your doctor.

Normal Changes for Men

One of the most common or at least the most talked about male sexual problem is erectile dysfunction or ED. Erectile dysfunction occurs when a man has trouble having an erection. It is also more than just the loss of the ability to have an erection. Sometimes ED may cause the penis to not become fully erect. It may cause what appears to be a shorter penis with less girth. ED may also cause the loss of erection during or after ejaculation. Along with the physical problems that go along with ED are the psychological issues for men who find that they are not able to engage in sexual relationships as fully as they once did. That can cause hesitancy which can be interpreted by women as lack of interest.

Talking to Your Doctor is a Good Thing

This is one of the reasons why both men and women should talk to their doctor about changes in their sex lives. Other problems that may interfere with women and men enjoying a healthy sex life include pain, Arthritis and other orthopedic conditions, cardiac disease, loss of bladder functions, diabetes, and even dementia. Depression is also a concern when there is loss of sexual function. Depression is a serious condition that can have a significant impact on every area of a person's life, including their sexual life. Some other contributing factors for loss of sexual function may be due to new medications, drugs and alcohol abuse, surgery for hysterectomy, prostatectomy, and even mastectomy. If you are someone who is facing any of these surgeries, talk to your doctor before surgery about how to compensate or correct sexual activities after surgery.

Many times there is something that you can do to recover your sexual function. Normal changes to your body may cause you to view sex differently, but there is often no reason why you cannot continue to have a satisfying and healthy sex life as you age.
What about caffeine?

The current recommendation is that women consume no more than 200 mg of caffeine per day during pregnancy. This may be most important during your first trimester, as there have been some studies that link high caffeine intake with an increased risk of miscarriage.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice of your physician. The dispensing of this information should in no way be construed as establishing a doctor-patient relationship.