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Spice up your sex life with these 6 steps

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Consider medical intervention and lifestyle changes such as weight loss and exercise.

Getting busy in the bedroom can be a challenge in our older years. Sometimes it's the result of age-related physical changes, such as an enlarged prostate for men; for women, estrogen loss after menopause can reduce libido and vaginal lubrication and cause pain with penetration and difficulty climaxing. In other cases, chronic disease may be to blame, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, neurological disease, and incontinence. Medications to treat these conditions can also affect sexual function.

But there are ways to boost your sex life, and some are pill-free. "In many cases, lifestyle changes are all that's needed," says Dr. Jan Shifren, co-author of the Harvard Special Health Report Sexuality in Midlife and Beyond. The following steps may help.

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