Sex and dating after 40
That said, if you're not feeling your best, go for a brisk, 30-minute walk with your partner rather than have another helping of pasta at dinner.
And try to quash that inner monologue that's telling you men don't find less-than-perfect bodies sexy.
"Sex gets blood flowing, which brings nutrients to all parts of your body and eliminates waste.
So if you have little or no desire for any kind of sex—even with George Clooney in your fantasies—see your doctor to be sure you don't have a medical condition, such as thyroid issues or certain cancers, says Dr. Beyond that, libido has a lot to do with how easily you can talk to your partner, and how bothered either of you is by how often you have sex.
Ask any guy: If the woman who shares his bed gets naked, he's not seeing a muffin top and cellulite.
He's seeing If you're single now and worried that a new lover won't find you desirable, forget that too.
But a changing body is still a sexual body, says Dr. Hot flashes and fatigue associated with perimenopause can wreak havoc on your energy levels, says Mc Grath, so talk to your doctor about possible hormonal remedies.
And look on the bright side: This can be a time of experimentation and freedom with sex that you didn't have when young kids were underfoot.
But while divorce rates have decreased, after a steady uptick, plenty of people re-enter the dating scene later in life.