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What are age-related sexual changes in men?

Jan L. Shifren, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
The following are possible age-related sexual changes in men:
  • Physical changes -- Decreased testosterone; reduced blood flow to the penis; less sensitivity in the penis
  • Desire -- Decreased libido; fewer sexual thoughts and fantasies
  • Arousal -- Greater difficulty achieving an erection, maintaining an erection, or both; erections aren't as rigid
  • Orgasm -- Longer time required to reach orgasm; smaller volume of semen and less forceful ejaculation; less intense orgasms
  • Resolution -- Body returns more rapidly to an unaroused state; more time is needed between erections

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