Older men want more sex, study finds

WASHINGTON Tue Dec 7, 2010 10:04am EST

An elderly man rests at the Santovenia Asylum in Havana July 6, 2009. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

An elderly man rests at the Santovenia Asylum in Havana July 6, 2009.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The very oldest men are still interested in sex but illness and a lack of opportunity may be holding them back, Australian researchers reported on Monday.

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

Zoe Hyde of the University of Western Australia and colleagues surveyed more than 2,700 men aged 75 to 95 for their study, 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 in their report.

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

More than 30 percent of the men reported some sort of sexual activity in the past year, but more than 48 percent said sex was important, suggesting many of the men 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.

More than 40 percent of the men who had not had sex recently said they were not interested. (Reporting by Maggie Fox)

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bobw111 wrote:
“more than 40 percent were dissatisfied with the frequency of sexual activity, preferring sex more frequently”.

And how much money was wasted coming up with that brilliant deduction?

That statement applies to virtually the whole worlds population of sexually active males…

Dec 07, 2010 10:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
ronaldwgumbs wrote:
Whatever the mind can conceive, it can achieve. Sex is 50% fantasy and 50% friction. Increase blood flow from the brain to the penis can be regulated by the concentration of nitric oxide, initiated by certain spices, including ginger. Sex is possible anytime just prior to death.

With respect to the after life, it depends on your destination.

So ginger for the males and dark chocolate for the females.

Dec 07, 2010 11:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
ronaldwgumbs wrote:
Younger men also want more.

Dec 07, 2010 11:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
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