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Golden Years, Golden Pleasures: Embracing Masturbation in Our Senior Years

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A wise person once said that age is just a number, and when it comes to self-pleasure, this couldn't be more true!

We live in a society where sexuality and masturbation often lean towards the young, and when it comes to older adults, the topic is often overlooked or even taboo.

Here at Sinful, we strongly believe that sexual desire doesn't have an expiration date and that everyone can and should enjoy self-pleasure, whether they're 25 or 95.

We've been lucky enough to talk to Maria Pedersen, a registered nurse, educator and master in sexology, and she has told us everything there is to know about self-pleasure in our golden years.

So get cosy, grab a cup of tea and let us tell you why seniors should not only embrace but enjoy masturbation and, most importantly, how to!

Pleasure Knows No Age

According to Maria Pedersen, misconceptions about elders and sexuality are sadly still too common, and one particularly persistent misconception is that as we age, our desire for sexual pleasure comes to an end.

"Not too long ago, society still viewed women who were older than 45, greying grandmothers who were sexually dead - But that couldn't be further from the truth."

In fact, many seniors find that their desire for and ability to enjoy masturbation only deepens with age as they have more time, become more comfortable in their own skin and become more attuned to their bodies.

But Why Should I Masturbate?

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Well… We can’t think of a reason why you shouldn’t!

When we pleasure ourselves, our bodies release a delicious cocktail of feel-good hormones like endorphins and dopamine, that can uplift mood, alleviate feelings of loneliness and even reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

“When it comes to all those good hormones, a sexual life with yourself is just as qualified and beneficial for the body and mind as one with a partner - and sometimes even more!”

Overcoming Obstacles

Of course, like any journey, there may be a few bumps along the way. Different health problems or physical limitations, such as arthritis, can make certain positions or movements that once brought delight less accessible or even uncomfortable.

"Common challenges like mobility issues, vaginal dryness, and erectile dysfunction can often be frustrating and painful enough to put someone's sexual life on hold. But with creativity and the right tools, you can adapt and continue to enjoy the pleasures of masturbation."

Of course, while we firmly believe nothing should stand in our way to self-pleasure, we also understand that our bodies might need a little extra help to enjoy the pleasures we desire.

And that's exactly where our superheroes come in - Sex toys!

Lubes: The Real Game-Changer

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As we age, natural lubrication may decrease, and as a result, make sex and masturbation a not very pleasurable experience. But regardless of age, lubes should be your go-to companion when it comes to self-pleasure!

"Vaginal dryness is such an easy problem to solve. A good quality lubricant can make a world of difference, creating a smoother, more enjoyable experience without any discomfort."

Water-based, Silicone-based, Oil-based and Hybrid, whether it's solo or partnered-fun, with or without toys, there's a perfect type of lube, no matter the occasion.

If this is your first rodeo and you're unsure what kind of lube to get, we recommend starting with a water-based lubricant. Water-based lubes are compatible with all types of sex toys and condoms, won't stain your sheets and wash off easily with water - So you can enjoy your solo session without a worry in mind.

Pillow Talk

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Positioning pillows can be a game changer for those who find certain positions uncomfortable or painful. They offer support and angles that can enhance comfort and access, making pleasure more attainable and enjoyable.

"Positioning pillows are a fantastic tool for those experiencing pain while in certain positions; they support your body and reduce strain, allowing you to focus on the pleasure without the pain."

Ladies Come First

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For the ladies looking to rediscover solo pleasure or add a little extra to their sex life, we have good news! There's never been a better time to indulge in some self-love with toys!

Whether you want powerful or mild, internal or external stimulation, with clitoral stimulators, G-spot vibrators and even more options at our fingertips, we're truly spoiled for choices. 

But what about those navigating with mobility challenges? Hands-free toys like magic wands with longer handles and ergonomic shapes are perfectly designed to provide effortless pleasure, allowing you to explore without any limitations.

Giving Yourself a Hand

3 different sex toys for men

For the gentlemen experiencing erectile challenges, penis rings and penis pumps can be true game-changers. They can enhance and prolong the erection by keeping the blood right where it needs to be.

And for those of you who find manual stimulation tiresome or tricky due to arthritis or other mobility issues, we’ve got you covered - With toys like masturbation machines and penis vibrators to do the hard work for you, you can relax and enjoy the ride without a hitch.

Toys like the Kiiroo Keon Masturbator and Fleshlight masturbators have attachments, like shower mounts with suction cups and clamps, so you can upgrade your toy into a hands-free experience.

Golden Years, Golden Pleasure

Masturbation is not just about pleasure; it can not only help improve blood circulation, alleviate stress, and promote relaxation but is also a way to combat loneliness and even improve sleep quality— no matter your age.

Maria sums it up perfectly: "Masturbating should be as natural as brushing your teeth. It plays a significant part in maintaining your sexual health and general well-being."

However, if you encounter discomfort or pain or are unsure about anything, it's important to consult your healthcare provider. They can offer guidance and treatment options, such as medications, hormone therapy, or lifestyle changes, to address these issues effectively.

So, whether you're rediscovering your body's desires or continuing a lifelong celebration of self, remember: pleasure does not age, and neither does the right to enjoy it!

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