Too old for sex?

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Too old for sex?

Question

I'm 72 years old. My wife thinks I'm too old to be thinking about sex. Is this true?

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Answer

Sexual activity is an important and often fulfilling aspect of life for older adults. Although many people believe sexual function should end at a certain age, it doesn't have to. Active, healthy individuals often enjoy a rich and fulfilling sex life well into their 70s and 80s.

However, different individuals have different levels of sexual desire and function as they age. Despite a desire by many people to continue an active sex life, factors such as hormone changes, chronic illness or pain, and side effects of some medications can impair sexual function and desire in later years.

When differences occur regarding expectations of sexual function, it is important to discuss these with your spouse or significant other. Communication is important part of sexuality and close relationships. Be sensitive to your partner's views and feelings.

Last Updated: 05/15/2006
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