First she was baring all and posing in her ‘birthday suit’ to celebrate turning 73. Now Suzanne Somers has shared another titbit keeping her young - and it’s about her sex life.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, the actress revealied she and husband Alan Hamel, 83, credit weekly shots of the melanocortin-based peptide PT-141 (also known as Bremelanotide or Vyleesi) with giving them a boost in the bedroom.
According to Suzanne, the couple — who married in 1977 — make love twice a day thanks to the “sexual stimulant”.
“I usually say I sleep through one of them,” the Three’s Company star joked of their twice-daily romps. “That's usually that one at 4 o'clock in the morning. But, you know, then again around 8 o'clock in the morning, I'm in the mood.”
A breast cancer survivor whose support of alternative treatments has caused controversy in the medical community, Suzanne has long sworn by bioidentical hormones, as documented in her 2006 book, Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones. She now claims that adding the shots — typically used to treat low sexual desire in cases without an underlying medical or emotional cause — has helped her get “in the mood.”
“I’m kind of in that groove, like when you were younger and you're in the mood all the time, and so is he, because he's on hormone replacements,” she shared.
Sherry A. Ross, MD, a women’s health expert and the author of She-ology, thinks Suzanne is setting a good example by speaking out about her sex life — but cautions that not everyone may enjoy the same effects from the medication.
“I have to give Suzanne Somers credit for embracing sex and standing on a soap box to talk about it,” Sherry tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
“With the sexual injustice happening in the bedroom, women have not been given many viable options to help improve desire. Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) affects over 40 percent of women with very few treatment options. Unlike men, women’s sexual desire, excitement and energy tend to begin in that great organ above the shoulders, rather than the one below the waist. The daily stresses of work, money, children, relationships and diminished energy are common issues contributing to low libido in women. It’s not a myth, after all, that women are more complicated than men.”
Sherry adds that those interested in Vyleesi discuss it with a doctor first, and says its side effects can include nausea, vomiting, flushing, headaches and injection site reactions such as pain, swelling, and redness.
But with or without medication, things have always been steamy between Suzanne and Alan, who met on the late-1960s game show, The Anniversary Game. The couple dated for nearly a decade before tying the knot, and Suzanne said it was lust at first sight.
“Oh, he's just so beautiful,” she told the publication. “I had sex with him on our very first date just in case there wasn't a second one. I just wanted to be with him that first time.”
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