Intimacy and dating

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Now we’ll spend time on the primary challenge of this stage of dating for women. The more intimate a man becomes with a woman, the more he will sometimes feel a need to get some distance.

Just as a woman’s feelings tend to rise and fall as a result of increasing intimacy, men experience the need to get close and then pull away. Each time he pulls away, his love has a chance to grow as he experiences missing her and wanting to be close again. As this is against a woman’s basic instinct, it is difficult for her to support her man in the process.

Subgroup analysis revealed that starting hormone therapy in the proper window of time, which extends about 10 years after the final menstrual period, [did not increase the risk of breast cancer.] Those women had a reduced risk of heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, colon cancer and maybe even Alzheimer's disease. I was less concerned with the age issue when we met.

Ashley on dating after 25 years of marriage: When you are coming out of a marriage where there was very little intimacy, I didn’t feel beautiful or desirable anymore. The good news is I had girlfriends who were single and had been dating a long time, and they were telling me about all the dating sites and new ways to meet people … I guess as we’re getting older it is more of an issue because he’s 72 and I’m 57. Waite on maintaining social relationships as we age: With age, you lose people around you or they change. They become too sick to do the things you used to do, or they die.

Many people assume that it is challenging to maintain the intimacy of a long-distance (LD) relationship.

However, recent research suggests that LD romantic relationships are of equal or even more trust and satisfaction than their geographically close (GC) counterparts.

On this episode of the series “Embodied: Sex, Relationships and Your Health,” The State of Things guest host Anita Rao explores the impact aging has on intimacy, and offers a decade by decade look at shifts in bodies, relationships and attitudes.So all of a sudden physicians started taking their patients off of hormone therapy …[Then later there was] reanalysis of subsegments of the Women’s Health Initiative Study.There were no resources to help guide her through this transition — nothing like the Judy Blume novel “Are You There God?It’s Me, Margaret” that helped her through puberty.

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