Voiceover: For some people it can have unexpected benefits, just ask septuagenarians Lillian and Ian from Aberdeenshire.
Lillian: I expected to have a greater feeling of well-being but in addition to that, my libido, which had never been great during my life, has improved quite a lot. It’s more or less expected that everybody’s libido wanes as they get older but for me, at 71, it has never been so good.
Voiceover: Sex? At 71? Is that normal?
Person on street 1: I think it’s great. Life doesn’t stop because people are of a certain age.
Person on street 2: They’d hurt themselves!
Person on street 3: When I’m old I plan to have lots of sex in, especially, the most embarrassing places I could possibly imagine.
Person on street 4: It would be different because you’re old and you wouldn’t have that much energy.
Voiceover: Lillian and Ian both had testosterone treatment to overcome low energy in the aftermath of menopause and andropause. She took pills, he had gel. And then Lillian found she both wanted and enjoyed sex more than any time in the previous 50 years of their marriage.
Ian: It’s so fantastic that it happens more frequently than it did on our honeymoon. Once the connections have been made it drives you on marvellously. It makes me think it wasn’t really my fault, it was just a missing wire.
Hormone replacement therapy is commonly used to treat the negative symptoms associated with the depletion of the sex hormones oestrogen (in women) and testosterone (in men) such as irritability and lack of energy. Here septuagenarian couple Lillian and Ian tell us about another more positive effect of HRT – an increased libido.
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