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Age Does Not Affect Sexual Interest In Older Men

December 7, 2010

Australian researchers reported on Monday that older men are interested in sex but illness and lack of opportunity helps to hold them back.

The researchers said that the hormone testosterone was linked with how often a man over 75 had sex, and doctors need to do more studies to see if hormone replacement therapy might be beneficial for older men.

Zoe Hyde of the University of Western Australia and colleagues surveyed over 2,700 men between the ages 75 to 95 for their study, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  They asked a range of questions about health, relationships and sexual activity.

“The older men were, the less likely they were to be sexually active, but sex remained at least somewhat important to one fifth of men aged 90 to 95 years, refuting the stereotype of the asexual older person,” they wrote.

“Of those who were sexually active, more than 40 percent were dissatisfied with the frequency of sexual activity, preferring sex more frequently.”

Over 30 percent of the men reported to having some sort of sexual activity in the past year, but over 48 percent said sex was important, suggesting many wanted to have sex but could not.

Age was a factor but so were testosterone levels, the lack of an interested partner and various diseases from diabetes to prostate cancer.

Over 40 percent of the men who had not had sex recently said that they were not interested.

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