S1, Ep 5 Woet Gianotten: Sex and Ageing - The Key to a Longer and Happier Life

In this episode of The Pleasure Podcast, we look at the changes that occur in our sexual relationships as we age. We are thrilled to speak with Woet Gianotten, world-renowned sexologist from the Netherlands. Woet worked his way through surgery, tropical medicine, gynaecology, contraception and now specialises in sex and relationships in older people and those with physical re-ablement needs, such as following cancer or paralysis.

Woet addresses coming out, not only about sexuality and gender, but the challenge and importance of coming out about your health issues, physical difficulties and sharing your sexual desires. We discuss how pleasure evolves over a lifetime, the importance of sex for our general health and the incredible sexual satisfaction we can find as we move away from the performative sexuality of youth.

Woet reveals his tips on maintaining our relationships as we grow older together and how time can enhance our sex lives. We discuss the impact ageing in the LGBTQIA+ community who can find themselves being forced back into the closet, and how positive change is happening. Movingly, he talks about patients in the terminal part of their lives and the importance of connection, touch and humour in creating powerful sexual legacies for those left behind.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues discussed in this podcast, please have a look at The College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists website. They provide information and psychosexual support to people at all stages of their lives.

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