Older women's sexuality

Lesley A Yee and Kendra J Sundquist
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (12): 640-643.


  • In consultations with older women, doctors should ask about sexual problems. A holistic approach is needed to examine the many different factors that can affect sexuality.

  • Hormonal changes associated with ageing have an impact on women's sexuality. Doctors need to have a clear idea of the place of hormonal treatment for different sexual problems.

  • Physical changes associated with ageing, including illness and disability, may interfere with sexual expression. Diseases of the endocrine, vascular and nervous systems will most commonly affect sexual function.

  • A broad range of psychosocial factors associated with ageing may influence sexuality.

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  • Lesley A Yee1
  • Kendra J Sundquist2

  • 1 3/66 Hampden Road, Artarmon, NSW.
  • 2 Professional Education and Training, The Cancer Council NSW, Woolloomooloo, NSW.


Competing interests:

None identified.

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