Canadians are living longer, healthier and better lives than ever before. And that doesn’t have to be without the pleasure of a satisfying sex life.

It was once believed that ED was an unavoidable result of getting older. It’s now clear that that’s not the case. While it’s true that age can be a factor in the onset of ED, aging itself is not the cause. Rather, age-related illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes are reasons ED is more prevalent later in life.

Age can have an effect on your sex life in other ways, though. There are naturally occurring changes in the way that your body responds to sexual arousal as you get older. You may find that as you age, you need more direct stimulation to get an erection. It may even take a little longer to get the erection and to reach climax. And you’re also likely to need more time between erections. But none of these changes should make you feel like an active sex life isn’t a normal part of aging.