Q. What do you recommend as a sexual lubricant for intercourse? I am 68 years young but have been celibate for over 30 years. I have met someone very special and it may eventually evolve into a sexual relationship.
On several TV talk shows, I have heard that older women have a problem with vaginal dryness that interferes with intercourse. Is that true? If I experienced such a problem, what should I use?
A. Many postmenopausal women find intercourse more comfortable with lubrication. We often recommend Sylk because it is slippery and water-based, so it won’t destroy latex. At 68, you don’t need to worry about contraception, of course, but you are still vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections. Barriers such as condoms offer some protection.
We are sending you our Guide to Menopause, with many more details on easing vaginal dryness. Other possible lubricants include products like Corn Huskers Lotion, olive oil, coconut oil and vitamin E.