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Sex and the Senses in Older Adults

For participants who were sexually active, sensory dysfunction didn’t affect how often they had sex or the activities they engaged in (such as foreplay, oral sex, and vaginal intercourse).

Considering the role that the senses play in sexual life could help doctors who work with older patients.

“Sexuality is important for successful aging, and older adults continue to attach importance to sexual relationships, so understanding sensory loss and reducing its harmful effects will improve sexual function and enhance elders’ quality of life,” wrote the study authors.

Resources

The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Zhong, Selena, MA, et al.

“Sensory Dysfunction and Sexuality in the U.S. Population of Older Adults”

(Full-text. Published online: February 28, 2018)

https://www.jsm.jsexmed.org/article/S1743-6095(18)30071-7/fulltext

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