Sexual health and wellness are critical components for emotional, social, mental, and physical well-being. Sex is meant to be enjoyable, and how we feel in intimate relationships with our partners can impact how we feel about ourselves as well as our entire quality of life. So what do you do when one—or both—of you are struggling to make it work in the bedroom?
At Oklahoma Men’s Clinic, we know it takes two to have a truly healthy and fulfilling sex life. That’s why we offer innovative and effective treatment options for both men and women, helping you be your best as individuals and together. With one $99 couples visit, OMC can help get you and your partner on the road to better sex, better health, and a better life.
Benefits of a Healthy Sex Life for Couples
Sexual intimacy is more than just intercourse, and it remains important well beyond our “youthful years.” Despite the common misconception that a lagging interest in sexual activity is just a part of aging, the research has consistently shown otherwise. While nearly three-quarters of people ages 65 and older report having a romantic partner, roughly half surveyed are still sexually active two or three times per month; just under a quarter are active one or more times per week.
All this bedroom business has its benefits, many of which extend beyond the pleasure of the moment. A healthy and fulfilling sex life—and the accompanying intimacy—can help improve everything from self-esteem and mood to blood pressure.
Sexual activity and its various expressions—from hugging to orgasm and everything in between—release hormones like:
- Prolactin, which can help improve sleep
- Oxytocin and other endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relievers, immune system supporters, and mood boosters
- Serotonin, which can reduce the symptoms of depression
- Human Growth Hormone (HGH), which helps fight signs of aging in the skin, muscles, and hair
Orgasm in particular also signals the release of immunoglobulin A (IgA), an antibody that helps fight off infection.
All of this leads to added benefits in:
- Reduced risk of developing serious health conditions like heart disease or prostate cancer
- Reduced atrophy or shrinkage of the vagina, prostate, and related muscles and ligaments
- Improved stress levels and self-esteem
- Improved emotional health through better communication and intimacy
Barriers to a Healthy Sex Life for Couples
A large part of having a healthy sex life is maintaining it. Sexual intimacy is essentially a cycle—sexual activity boosts testosterone (in both men and women), which increases libido, encouraging more sexual activity. However, things like low libido or trouble getting aroused can interrupt this cycle, leading to a lack or absence of sexual activity that can actually make those initial problems worse.
For roughly 30 million men, this comes in some form of erectile dysfunction (ED), while millions more will experience lower libido, shorter and/or weaker orgasms, or even trouble reaching orgasm. For women, nearly half do or will experience a decline in sexual interest or performance resulting from menopause—which causes a decrease in both female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) and testosterone, which drives libido—and/or changes from vaginal atrophy and loss of elasticity, which can lead to burning, painful intercourse, bleeding after sex, and increased vulnerability to tears and infection.
While men and women face unique challenges to their sexual health with age, they also face a host of shared problems that can keep them from being interested or engaging in sex, including:
- Weight gain
- Effects of aging, like wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity
- Hormonal changes
- Stress and fatigue
- Chronic health conditions like diabetes, arthritis, depression, and high blood pressure
Oklahoma Men’s Clinic: Helping Couples Achieve a Healthy Sex Life
Successfully treating sexual dysfunction requires digging deep to uncover the root cause of the problem. Sexual performance issues are often manifestations of bigger neurological, psychological, or biological problems triggered by anything from medication and chronic illness to stress and fluctuating hormones. By taking a holistic approach to sexual health and wellness, Oklahoma Men’s Clinic can help address not just individual patients but couples as well.
At OMC, we have decades of experience in treating men and women with proven treatments designed to help you both get the most out of sex. Medical weight loss options, peptide therapy, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), or pellet therapy, can help you look and feel your best from the inside out, while specialized offerings can give each of you targeted therapy tailored to your unique needs.
In addition to BHRT to help manage the symptoms of menopause, OMC provides women-focused treatments like Awaken and the O Shot, local hormone therapies that supply estrogen directly to the vaginal tissue to relieve irritation, dryness, and loss of elasticity while reducing the amount of hormone entering the bloodstream.
For men, OMC delivers a comprehensive selection of treatment options to address everything from low T and ED to penile enhancement, such as:
Discover Your Optimal Sexual Wellness Together at Oklahoma Men’s Clinic
Getting older doesn’t have to mean losing your sexual vitality. If your relationship is suffering as a result of sexually-related concerns, or if your intimate relations just aren’t what they used to be, you owe it to yourself and your partner to find out why. Call Oklahoma Men’s Clinic today to schedule a $99 couples visit and rediscover the spark you and your partner have been missing.
What does a healthy sex life look like?
Because sexual wellness and health are so much more than simply sexual intercourse, a healthy sex life will look different for every person and every couple. While there is no blueprint for exactly what a healthy sex life should look like, there are a few things that are critical to making sure both of you stay healthy, happy, and satisfied, including:
Communication. Be honest with each other—and yourselves—about what you want or don’t want, like or don’t like.
Mutual respect. A sex life that is not mutually respectful of one another or consensual is not a healthy one.
Being realistic. Staying flexible and realistic about how often and when you are intimate with your partner can reduce a lot of the stress and apprehension surrounding it. Sometimes it will be spontaneous but it’s also okay to plan it. Don’t put any pressure on either one of you to meet any set expectations.
Investing in other areas of your relationship. Intimacy and trust are the foundation for a healthy sex life, so take time outside of the bedroom to talk to each other and spend time with each other.
What kinds of sexual health problems are there?
Sexual dysfunction is generally classified into four types or categories:
- Pain disorders
- Orgasm disorders (either delay or absence of orgasm)
- Desire disorders (lack of interest in sex or of sexual desire)
- Arousal disorders (inability to become physically aroused during sexual activity)
For men, symptoms of sexual dysfunction include:
- Inability to control the timing of ejaculation, such as early (premature) ejaculation or retarded ejaculation, which is the absence or delay of ejaculation
- Erectile dysfunction, or the inability to achieve or maintain an erection hard enough for intercourse
In women, symptoms of sexual dysfunction typically include:
- Inability to relax the vaginal muscles for intercourse, resulting in painful intercourse
- Inadequate vaginal lubrication before and during intercourse, which can lead to dryness and irritation
- Inability to become aroused or achieve orgasm