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Better Sex Now: An Age-by-Age Guide to Sexual Satisfaction and Health

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What You Need to Know About Birth Control

In your 20s: Keep emergency contraception (EC) on hand. Even though EC is technically available over the counter, you still have to ask the pharmacist for it, and some may not be willing to sell it for religious or personal reasons. Getting a prescription filled now and stashing EC in your medicine cabinet can prevent a last-minute crisis. NuvaRing can eliminate the oops-I-forgot-to-take-my-pill factor. "Most birth control pills are so low-dose, you can ovulate or have irregular bleeding or spotting if you take it even a few hours late," says Dr. Hutcherson. NuvaRing is inserted into the vagina (where it releases hormones that prevent ovulation) once a month for three weeks, with one week each month off.

In your 30s: Oral contraceptives can raise your risk of blood clots if you're over 35 -- especially if you smoke. To be safe, or if you've just had a baby and want to get pregnant again soon, experts recommend opting for a nonhormonal method, such as condoms or a diaphragm.

In your 40s: Tubal ligation (or a vasectomy for him) is a great option if you don't want more kids. These procedures may sound scary, but they're goof-proof and can be safer than using hormones at this point in your life, says Dr. Silber. Not ready for such a permanent step? "Consider the IUD," says Dr. Hutcherson. If you have painful periods, choose one that secretes progesterone -- it will reduce or eliminate your period by shrinking the uterine lining.

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sakramchak wrote:

Uh, I agree...I'm over 55 and I still have desires, and so does my mate!

5/10/2014 07:51:37 PM Report Abuse
Keith84450 wrote:

I'm in my 70s, where the heck is your help for me? But it can be pretty good even without your help! Maybe us over 50 need to give the younger people some advice since they evidently don't think there is s_x after 49! So youngsters, there is s_x after 50 and 60 and 70, and it can be darn good. Even without the "e", dumb software!

12/10/2013 09:58:38 AM Report Abuse
lh787 wrote:

Well, I didn't die when I turned 50, Chrissakes.

10/24/2013 09:54:08 PM Report Abuse
jeanacali1 wrote:

So, people in their 50s don't have s?x? Lame to leave the story where you did! By the way, when did you word "s?X become inappropriate. People use the "F" bomb ALL the time and the word SE?x is in appropriate? Again, LAME story.

8/28/2013 09:27:21 PM Report Abuse
sckulas2894586 wrote:

Same comment, s_x does not have to stop when you turn 40!

8/28/2013 08:57:15 PM Report Abuse

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