Jane Fonda has made no secret of her past struggles, including bulimia, negative body image issues and a quest to continue feeling and looking young even into her 70s. And who can argue with the success she’s had? She looks downright awesome and has the youthful energy of someone half her age. The former actress and aerobics queen turned activist and author has even attributed her youthfulness to a healthy love life, saying she had the best sex of her life at 71.
Now 73, Fonda recently revealed that it was hormones which helped boost her libido. Specifically, she says she took testosterone (the male sex hormone which females have too) for the first few years of her seventh decade. It reportedly made “a huge difference” she told Britain’s Telegraph:
Here’s something I haven’t said publicly yet: I discovered testosterone about three years ago, which makes a huge difference if you want to remain sexual and your libido has dropped.
Although it helped her sex life, Fonda said she eventually had to stop because it was giving her acne–a common side-effect, along with potentially greasy hair and skin, a deepening of the voice and facial hair. The hormone is also linked with more energy, better mood and increased self-confidence.
Of course, low levels of testosterone (which markedly decrease after menopause) are not the only reason for a dampened libido. For women, life circumstances including the quality of our relationships, stress, emotional and physical health and our attitude about aging and sexuality can all squelch our love life. But who’s to say that aging and sex don’t mix?
Hormones aside, many women tend to get more self-confident as we age. Isn’t that something to look forward to? It can be a time when we truly know who we are and what we want. And assuming we maintain a healthy outlook on life and our bodies, why shouldn’t sexuality continue to thrive well into our 60s, 70s and beyond?
I’m not sure I would try testosterone to achieve this since I tend to be an advocate for natural- and plant-based health, but the sheer thought of having the best sex of my life at age 71 is definitely intriguing!
How about you? Would you try testosterone to boost your love life?