Effects of age on testicular function

Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 1987 Dec;16(4):1045-59.

Abstract

Although frequency of sexual activity declines dramatically with age, most investigators have been able to define rather small physiologic function (hormonal and spermatogenic) changes with advancing age. Despite the development of subtle intrinsic age-related defects at all levels of the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis, reproductive capacity is maintained in healthy elderly men.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Gonadal Steroid Hormones / physiology
  • Humans
  • Hypothalamus / physiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pituitary Gland / physiology
  • Sex
  • Sexual Behavior / physiology
  • Spermatogenesis
  • Testis / physiology*
  • Testosterone / physiology

Substances

  • Gonadal Steroid Hormones
  • Testosterone