Sexual Health in Elderly Women

  • Daniel Zainfeld
  • Priya PadmanabhanEmail author


Awareness of sexual health and its relevance as an integral component of overall health for both men and women continues to grow throughout the medical field. Management of male sexual health has progressed significantly in recent years with the advent of numerous medications and other treatment modalities. However, older adults, and elderly women in particular, are often overlooked with regard to their sexual health. Myriad reasons contribute to this neglect including hesitancy among older women to seek care related to vaginal or sexual problems and reluctance of physicians to explore these topics with their patients. Female sexual health remains a relatively young scientific field overall and particularly among urologists. This chapter will explore current research and clinical concepts associate with sexual health in elderly women. The physiology of sexual response associate with aging, recommendations for clinical evaluation and treatment are reviewed.


Urinary Incontinence Sexual Activity Sexual Function Pelvic Organ Prolapse Sexual Health 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas CityUSA

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