The Impact of Aging on Sexual Function in Women and Their Partners

  title={The Impact of Aging on Sexual Function in Women and Their Partners},
  author={Sheryl A Kingsberg},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
  • S. Kingsberg
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Archives of Sexual Behavior
Aging has a powerful impact on the quality of relationship and sexual functioning. The psychological impact of aging after midlife is a particularly timely topic, given improved medical and psychological understanding of sexuality in both women and men as well as significant improvement in the conceptualization of female sexuality and evolving treatment advances for female sexual dysfunctions. It is time to dispel the stereotype of the midlife woman in order to more effectively address… 

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