Male sexuality

Clin Geriatr Med. 2010 May;26(2):185-95. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2010.02.007.


It should be recognized that sexuality in the aging male is of such import that a complete sexual history must be performed. By taking a complete sexual history, facts can be obtained that will allow for appropriate focus relating to a holistic evaluation and will enable us to dispel antiquated sexual myths pertaining to the aging male. If initiated by the history taker, questions concerning sexuality may be discussed more comfortably by the patient. Erectile dysfunction, male sexual response cycle, testosterone, sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus, long-term illness, along with religion and culture are explored in this article with the aim of improving one's knowledge base, self reflection, and awareness of the importance of male sexuality. A complete understanding and appreciation of the aging male's medical history, surgical history, social history, and emotional history as well as his sexual, cultural, and religious concepts will allow the health care provider to better analyze information, and to recommend and provide appropriate advice and treatment to the aging male patient.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aging / physiology*
  • Aging / psychology
  • Erectile Dysfunction / diagnosis
  • Erectile Dysfunction / physiopathology
  • Erectile Dysfunction / psychology*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Medical History Taking
  • Men's Health
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sexuality* / physiology
  • Sexuality* / psychology