Midlife brings new issues to every area of life, including sexual intimacy in marriage. While this may feel unwanted it could be very good for you. Follow me as I share.
3 WAYS MIDLIFE SEX CHANGES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR MARRIAGE
1. Acknowledge the issue
When you face the changes going on in your body, and realize there are challenges, concerns and unknowns, the situation is instantly better. You are NOT in denial. Instead, you are being intentional and proactive. That speaks new life and energy into your relationship.
WHEN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OPTIONS AS ‘AGING OR NOT LIVING’, IT’S PRETTY EASY TO MAKE THE CHOICE.
Making the shift in your thoughts that aging is OK will help the process.
Acquiring new information decreases the unknown and reduces anxiety. Every issue is easier to face with less stress.
THERE ARE 5 COMMON PROBLEMS WOMEN FACE IN MIDLIFE SEX.
1. Hormones fluctuate
Females encounter hormone changes their ENTIRE lives, from puberty forward. It includes monthly cycles, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, and menopausal conditions like mood swings, hot flashes, and body sensitivity.
WHAT’S GREAT TO KNOW IS… YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
SINCE THESE ISSUES ARE SO COMMON THERE ARE TREMENDOUS RESOURCES AVAILABLE.
2. Vaginal dryness and loss of elasticity
These concerns may require changes in your lubrication practice and positions for intercourse.
3. Physical stamina, strength and joint ease
You have to let your spouse know what feels good. You can both make adjustments so your comfort is considered.
4. Decrease in sexual desire and arousal
Your husband needs to know what is going on in your body is NOT about him. Even though you will both face the concerns together, he doesn’t need to sense your different feelings as rejection.
5. Body image
Midlife means your body doesn’t look the same as when you were 20. There will be age spots, wrinkles, and alternations in your skin texture. Again, being able to accept this part of your aging will help.
Some couples believe they will get closer because they’ve been together for a long time. Although that is a sweet sentiment, on the other hand, some couples say they grow apart over time.
LONGEVITY DOES NOT GUARANTEE CLOSENESS.
You need to be intentional while making choices about your relationship.
2. Work through the conflict
Learning how to process the issues, and draw closer to each other, will be a great strength for your marriage, at large. The midlife changes are a gift in disguise.
You could choose to get mad, tough, hard, resistant, and independent. If your reactions are based on fear, it will take you on a path that is not helpful.
YOU CAN CHOOSE A DIFFERENT PATH THAT WILL DRAW YOU CLOSER.
This path includes trusting, getting vulnerable and soft, and growing towards each other even when it feels scary.
THIS CHOICE MAKES YOU STRONGER.
3. Compare to your faith walk
As Christians, we are told we’ll experience trials in this life. We have choices about how we invite God to walk with us. You can get mad at God about the trials and say, “This isn’t fair! Why did you let this happen?”
It comes down to either-
PUSH AWAY FROM GOD OR PRESS INTO GOD
Pressing into God looks like, “I don’t understand but I trust you”. When you partner with God, you bring all of His goodness to the situation.
John 15:15 shows how love is shared between God the Father and God the Son, Jesus. HE wants to invite us into that beautiful place of love, trust and leaning into one another, too.
SEXUAL INTIMACY IN MARRIAGE IS THE BEST MODEL ON EARTH…
of the powerful give and take and leaning into one another, as Jesus gave Himself for the church, in love.
Your faith walk is drawing on God and NOT doing things in your own strength. Your intimacy in marriage is also drawing on your spouse and doing things on your own.
It can be difficult to make the shift from fear-based choices to love-based choices. I created Step into the Powerful You to help with this. Please enjoy this Relationship Development Guide.
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Which midlife body change has impacted your life the most? Please share in the comments. Your story can be a resource for others.