Sex still Important for Men age 70 to 95

2010-12-07 08:54

Remaining sexually active is important for men - even those age 70 to 95, found in a survey conducted by Australian researchers. The study was initiated to find out what sort of factors influence sexual activity in elderly men.

43 Percent of Elderly Men would Prefer more Sex

In the sampling of relatively healthy men, researchers found 43 percent would prefer to have sex more often. The survey included 3274 men aged 75 to 95 years, 85 percent of whom provided information about their sex lives.

Almost half (48.8%) of the respondents said sex was "somewhat important", and 30.8 percent had at least one sexual encounter in the last year.

Researchers gathered information via questionnaires from 1996 to 1999, 2001 to 2004 and again from 2008 to 2009, assessing the men's social situation and medical history.

The men again answered questions about their sex life from 2008 to 2009. The researchers evaluated hormone levels from 2001 to 2004 in an effort to garner more information about just how many elderly men are sexually active and what keeps them that way.

Men without health problems including diabetes, osteoporosis, prostate cancer, low testosterone levels, depression, and not on medications that might interfere with erections remained the most sexually engaged.

Other factors that limited sexual activity included partner's lack of interest in having sex and simply not having a partner.

For almost half of the elderly men surveyed, sex remained an important part of life and 43 percent reported a desire to have sex more frequently. The findings have implications for clinicians who should discuss sexual activity with elderly male patients.

Annals of Internal Medicine: December 6, 2010
vol. 153 no. 11 693-702

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