Title: Sexual dysfunction in the older man
Authors: Albersen, Maarten ×
Shindel, Alan W
Lue, Tom F #
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Series Title: Reviews in Clinical Gerontology
Abstract: Age is strongly associated with risk of sexual dysfunction in both men and women. For many years it was assumed that such a loss of sexuality was natural and inevitable, and therefore little attention was given to sexual behavior and treatment in this population. However, more recent data have suggested that sexuality remains important into later life for many individuals. Although appreciation of sexuality persists, a decline in sexual activity is typical with advancing age, which is in part attributable to both general health problems and specific sexual dysfunctions, both becoming more prevalent with aging. The principle sexual health issues in older men include erectile dysfunction and late onset hypogonadism. Although premature ejaculation is prevalent in older men, the bother from his disorder is generally lower in older men, and the prevalence seems to decline with advancing age. This manuscript consists of a review of the contemporary peer-reviewed literature and attempts to provide insights for the physician treating the geriatric population. We discuss sexual behavior at older age, and address erectile and androgen biology in older men, the prevalence of sexual dysfunction and its’ aetiological factors in this population. Furthermore, an overview of contemporary pharmacological treatments for older man’s sexual problems is provided.
ISSN: 0959-2598
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Urology Section (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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