With the aging population, the primary care physician will frequently encounter elderly patients with sexual dysfunction. The majority of older patients desire to maintain their sexual activity without significant decline. Age-related physiologic changes include the slower progression of the sexual response cycle. Medical illnesses and medications, as well as cultural, societal, and psychological factors, also impact sexual function. Reassurance and counseling about modifications in sexual practices are usually well received. Medical and surgical therapies are also available. Because sexual function represents a vital issue in an individual's quality of life, the obstetrician/gynecologist must be well versed in the evaluation and treatment of sexual dysfunction of the elderly patient. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Inc.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology