Low Sexual Desire
The Effects of Age on Libido
The physical changes that accompany aging don't necessarily lead to declining sexual desire and function. The level of sexual activity maintained over time varies from person to person and depends on many factors. These include both physical and mental health, personal interest in sexual activities, comfort with one's own sexuality, and intimate relationship status.
Problems with diminished libido, erectile dysfunction, and other age-related changes are common, as are side effects from chronic health conditions and some commonly used medications that affect sexual function. Negative cultural attitudes and myths can also interfere with the pursuit of satisfying sexual activity among older men and women. When properly addressed, most of these problems are not insurmountable and can often be resolved with appropriate treatments and therapies.