Did you know that at least 40% of people between the ages of 65 and 80 are sexually active? The same study showed that half of the men in that age range are still extremely or very interested in sex.
While the desire might still exist, as men age, they may increasingly encounter questions and frustrations regarding changes to their sex lives. One of the most common concerns that aging men share is how age impacts ejaculation in timing and intensity.
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While worrying about such changes is natural, understanding how age affects male ejaculation can help lessen any anxieties. So let’s examine what science and society have revealed on this topic!
First things first. What exactly is ejaculation? In scientific terms, it’s the release of semen from the male body that usually occurs during orgasm. While you have likely experienced it before, do you know what happens in your body when you ejaculate? It’s relevant, we promise.
Pelvic floor muscles are also an important part of ejaculation. These muscles contract during ejaculation to carry semen from the vas deferens to the urethra, and when these muscles become weakened, it can disrupt the process.
In a recent study, men with pelvic floor disorders were found to have reduced muscle contractility during ejaculation. This leads to reduced intensity and satisfaction in their orgasms.
What’s this got to do with age? Your pelvic floor muscles naturally weaken as you age, which could lead to issues with ejaculatory performance.
Contrary to popular belief, the link between age and sexual performance isn’t as strong as one might assume. While you might hear stories about men in their 70s unable to ejaculate, it doesn’t necessarily mean it applies to all.
Many men will still ejaculate if stimulated, regardless of age, so there is no specific answer to when men stop ejaculating.
The most effective way to preserve sexual performance regardless of age is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Having a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and limiting alcohol and smoking intake are all essential steps that help many older men continue having a healthy libido.
Similar to the answer above, it’s a common misconception that men hit a certain age and automatically stop having sex. However, there is no fixed age at which most men will stop being physically active or experiencing sexual desire.
In fact, most men can enjoy fulfilling sex lives well into their 70s and 80s. One article from VICE even noted that several seniors not only frequently engage in satisfying sex but that it’s just as good or even better than it was when they were younger.
As the article also pointed out, the story’s main character Joel, a man in his 70s, noted that while the sex with his wife was satisfying, he doesn’t always ejaculate. When he does, it’s sometimes retrograde ejaculation.
Retrograde ejaculation is caused by swelling in the prostate, which then causes the ejaculation to travel backward and into the bladder instead of through the urethra. An orgasm often accompanies it, yet no or little ejaculation will come out. And it’s quite normal.
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Our bodies and minds undergo numerous changes as we age, and accepting them is important. As we reach our middle and later years, it is perfectly normal for our sex drive to slow down.
This doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with us. Rather, it just means that the change is completely natural for most men over 50.
It can be hard to come to terms with this fact, but to stay healthy and happy; we need to learn how to accept and cope with these inevitable changes in ourselves and others. As you age, accept that change is natural, and learn how to prepare for the following changes.
First of all, how much does the average male ejaculate? Experts put it anywhere between 1.5 ccs and five ccs on average. However, they also note that it’s very normal for a noticeable dip in the amount of ejaculate expelled per orgasm.
However, this isn’t just something that affects men over 50 or even 70. Your body naturally produces less semen from age 20 until you reach 80. So, even in your 20s or 30s, you’re likely to notice less volume when you ejaculate.
Staying hydrated can be a great way to increase semen volume since a higher fluid content in your body means more amounts of ejaculation is available. Likewise, understanding that ejaculating has little to do with satisfying sex can help, too.
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As you age, it’s common for your pelvic floor muscles and the BC muscles at the base of your penis to become weaker. This can affect ejaculation strength since these muscles help control it.
You may find that you don’t have as much force behind your ejaculations as you did when you were younger. Or, you may find that you don’t see the same kind of “spurting” action that you used to.
This is simply a natural side effect of aging and nothing to worry about. However, it’s important to be aware of these changes for physical health purposes. On the upside, pelvic floor muscle exercises are available to help strengthen them to improve your sexual intercourse or masturbation satisfaction.
Kegel exercises, which consist of contracting and relaxing pelvic floor muscles like you would when trying to stop urine flow, are simple and effective ways to strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
Start small and gradually increase repetitions until you do ten sets multiple times throughout the day. This will help improve both strength and control over pelvic floor muscles. The result? Improved performance before, during, and after sexual activity.
Again, it’s very normal to experience weaker erections as you age. It’s often due to a decrease in testosterone levels that can occur with aging, as well as other health conditions such as the following:
These can all play a role in causing weak erections, but they’re all manageable conditions. If you think a medical condition or lifestyle factor causes weaker erections, speak with your doctor.
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In addition to weakening erections, you might experience a change in your ability to become aroused. Or, you might notice that you’re not “in the mood” as often as you were when you were younger.
This can be caused by several things, such as lifestyle, diet, and hormonal changes associated with aging. Older men may also experience fatigue and lack stamina, making them less interested in physical activities involving sex.
It’s not all physiological, though. As you age, you naturally encounter more stress. Children, stressful jobs, aging parents, and life can all cause emotional shifts that affect your desire. Stress is often the biggest reason for a lower libido, so it’s important to try and relax.
Other medical issues, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, contribute to diminished libido in older individuals. Again, if you think your lower sex drive or issues with sexual dysfunction are due to a medical condition, speak with your doctor.
While weaker ejaculation and erections are common as you age, it doesn’t have to be the norm. A few tips that may help any man maintain a healthy and vibrant sex life include the following:
Additionally, supplements, such as those that boost testosterone levels, can benefit men’s sex drive and sexual health.
While ejaculation might look different as you age, that doesn’t mean it has to disappear entirely. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating right, and getting rid of common stressors can all help improve your stamina and prowess in the bedroom.
If you struggle with erectile dysfunction issues that prevent you from maintaining an erection or ejaculating, know there are solutions. Prescription ED pills and even numbing creams can help, providing you with increased stamina and a subsequent boost in confidence.
Take control of your body and invest in your sexual health. To learn more about male sexual health, read through our helpful male-focused sexual education resources.