Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sexual Activity in Men Aged 75 to 95 Years

Researchers in Western Australia found that roughly half of elderly men consider sex to be at least somewhat important to them.

Some 3000 community-dwelling men aged 75 to 95 in Western Australia completed questionnaires about sexual activity and health conditions; the men also underwent sex-hormone measurement several years earlier.

Among the findings:

  • Overall, 30% reported having sex in the previous year; the prevalence was highest among the youngest men (40% among 70- to 79-year-olds vs. 11% among 90- to 95-year-olds).
  • Of those who reported being sexually active, more than half were satisfied with the frequency.
  • Independent predictors of not being active included a diagnosis of prostate cancer, osteoporosis, or diabetes; antidepressant or beta-blocker use; and lack of interest or physical limitations of one's partner.
  • Higher free testosterone levels were associated with increased odds of activity.


Zoƫ Hyde, Leon Flicker, Graeme J. Hankey, Osvaldo P. Almeida, Kieran A. McCaul, MPH, S.A. Paul Chubb, Bu B. Yeap. Prevalence of Sexual Activity and Associated Factors in Men Aged 75 to 95 Years. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2010 Dec 6; 153(11): 693-702

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