How does age affect the ability to orgasm?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

As people age, their bodies go through changes that may affect their sexuality, including their ability to orgasm. Women start to experience changes in hormone levels - usually a decrease in estrogen - as they start to go through menopause, and this often decreases their ability to orgasm. These hormonal changes can affect sensitivity, and they may also block the flow of blood to the genitals. Older men may be more likely to experience other issues of sexual dysfunction (such as erectile dysfunction), which can impair their ability to orgasm. However, many older people can still have healthy sex lives and can continue to have orgasms.

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