July 30th, 2013
It’s natural for men to notice a decreased libido or sex drive as they age. The degree of this decline varies, and most men maintain at least some amount of sexual interest well into their 60s and 70s. That is how men may experience decreased libido or sex drive later in life. They may have difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection even if the desire is present. Couples need to be aware of each other’s changing sexual needs, and should consider different approaches to sexual relations that may not necessarily include intercourse.
It’s important to remember that sexuality need not end because of increasing age. For many couples, with a bit of adjustment, they can return to a normal healthy sex despite the decreased libido.
Though ED does increase with age: “It’s 12% by age 40, 18% for ages 50-59; and then a sharp rise by age 60 to 25%to 30%,” says Laumann.