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Generic ED Drugs Make Sexual Closeness More Affordable for Seniors

Age doesn’t put an end to the desire for sexual closeness, but sometimes physiological problems like erectile dysfunction (ED) get in the way. But Medicare doesn’t cover drugs for treating ED, so affordability is an issue. Fortunately, several generic versions of top ED medications are now available, and can be obtained conveniently and cost-effectively online.

When we think of ‘sexy’ conversation topics, older couples (those in their 60s and older) having sex is probably considered right up there alongside topics like erectile dysfunction (ED) issues and politics at Thanksgiving. But let this article serve as one of many reminders that older couples want sex (and that’s great!) and that ED happens (and several treatment options are available). Debunking both of those stigmas are important, as it encourages drawing attention to issues that exist and raising awareness of potential solutions. This article will provide an overview of older adults’ interest in sex, the common sexual health issues they may experience, and affordable, accessible solutions.

Sex (and Sexual Interest) at Any Age

You’re not alone if you’ve been told that the best years of your life were in high school and college. At face value, that statement seems true. Real adult responsibilities (and stresses) likely hadn’t set in yet and it was much easier to tackle the occasional 5k and a Friday night out on the town. But if you are one of the 47.8 million Americans aged 65 or older, you might be thinking, What about us? Life doesn’t end at 30, 40, 50, or 60+ years old. Adults, yes even older adults, still want to enjoy life, including having sex.

This tends to be the case more for men than women, with half of men aged 65-80 surveyed reporting being extremely or very interested in sex, compared to 12 percent of women. Those who are not interested in sexual intimacy may lack enthusiasm due to sexual health changes that occur as one ages:

Men can experience:

  • Delayed erections
  • Lower semen production
  • Shorter orgasms

While women report:

  • Decreases in estrogen (which can lead to vaginal dryness)
  • Lower sexual interest

Similar to ED, these issues can have physical or psychological components. Fortunately, there are great options available to treat both the physical and psychological aspects. But keeping the spark alive at an older age may not only be an issue of physical ability, but of financial means as well. Unfortunately, popular insurance programs for older adults in the United States, like Medicare Part D, may not cover prescription costs that can promote sexual satisfaction and intimacy. So what can they do if the interest is there but the financial means are not?

Generic ED Drugs to the Rescue

Couple lying together smiling.

Fortunately for older couples, cost of prescriptions medications, like Viagra, doesn’t have to be, for lack of a better word, a cock block. The average price for a recommended starting dose of generic Viagra, Sildenafil, is less than $20 and its effects last up to 4 hours. Further, these medications can now be purchased online, saving the consumer from having to meet with a doctor face-to-face. This may be especially important for older adults as survey findings indicate that less than 1 in 5 older adults consulted with their doctor about sexual health issues in the last two years.

A satisfying sex life doesn’t have to be behind you. In fact, some retirement homes are even promoting satisfying sexual intimacy as a human right. To learn more about finding affordable and generic erectile dysfunction medications, click here.

Kwynn holds a Master of Public Health and is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Work. Her research examines the intersections of health, technology, and gender-based violence.