Metz, Michael E.; Miner, Michael H.
October 1998
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Fall98, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p245
Academic Journal
The article examines the male aging process in the context of the biological and psychosocial dimensions of male sexual health. There is considerable discussion about the effect of aging upon men's physical, psychological, and sexual health. In both the medical and popular literature, there are comparisons to women's aging, and some have proposed that there is a male "menopause" similar to women's. The symptoms of male "menopause" are hot flashes, depression, insomnia, mood swings, irritability, impotence, decreased libido, weakness, lethargy and lose of bone mass. In spite of claims to the contrary, a review of the premium medical literature regarding male aging suggests that normal physiological and sexual changes as men grow older are gradual and modest. It is concluded from the research is that illness-related alterations in psychological, social, neurological, vascular, and general health factors appear more important to psychosocial wellness than the effects of normal aging. Similarly, sexual dysfunction with increasing age is more likely the result of physical illness or other such conditions than it is a normal aspect of aging.


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