Sexual desire, erectile dysfunction and the biomedicalization of sex in older heterosexual men
Article first published online: 23 SEP 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 70, Issue 4, pages 894–903, April 2014
How to Cite
2014) Sexual desire, erectile dysfunction and the biomedicalization of sex in older heterosexual men. Journal of Advanced Nursing 70(4), 894–903. doi: 10.1111/jan.12256& (
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 23 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 AUG 2013
- art of nursing;
- nurse education;
- sexual health;
To examine sexual desire in older age and the use of pharmaceuticals for sexual enhancement in the context of erectile dysfunction.
The ability of the older person to fulfil sexual desire has not been well supported in Western society.
The paper draws on themes that emerged during a phenomenological study of sexual desire in older age.
Narratives were collected between 2008–2010 from in-depth interviews with six men and two women aged 65–84 years who were part of a larger Australian study of sexual desire in older age.
Emergent themes reveal that for some older people, the biomedicalization of sex can be a disappointing experience.
The findings illuminate the need for nurses who are at the front line of health care, health policy makers and educators, to consider sexual desire experienced in older age in the context of sexual health and healthy ageing. This study will contribute to a growing body of knowledge about sexual desire in older age.