Sexuality in the Aging Couple, Part I: The Aging Woman

Irwin W. Kuzmarov, MD, FRCSC; Jerald Bain, BScPhm, MD, MSc, FRCPC, CertEndo, BA


Geriatrics and Aging. 2008;11(10):589-594. 

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Decreased sexual desire in women may have a hormonal element to it in some cases: postmenopause, hypopituitarism, adrenal inefficiency, or surgical menopause may play a role, but the major factors are likely to reside in psychological and situational conditions. There is also a high incidence of decreased sexual desire in women and men who take antidepressant drugs. Testosterone therapy may be an appropriate consideration, at least in the short term, in women with reduced sexual interest who are at low risk for the development of breast cancer. Physicians should be judicious in their use of testosterone and should be watchful of new evidence as it emerges.


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