n South African Medical Journal - Sexual function and ageing : continuing medical education

Volume 104, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The development of medications for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men has, on one level, medicalised the notion of sexual dysfunction. However, it has also allowed researchers to explore many other aspects of sexual function in older persons. Health and wellbeing are positively affected by sexual activity. Older persons engaging in regular consensual sex have shown improved well-being in both physical and psychological health, associated with fewer health problems as they age. Engaging in intercourse has been correlated with improved intimate relationships, improved cardiovascular health and lower rates of depression.

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