Sexual Activity and Sexual Desire at the Age Over 45

Prof. Osmo J. Kontula Ph.D.

Gerontologists and other medical experts generally agree that continued sexual interest and activity can be therapeutic for older men and women. The aim of this paper is to present how sexual activities and sexual desires change in men and women 45-54, 55-64, and 65-74 years old and what are their determinants. 



Conflict of Interest: None disclosed
Financial Support/Funding: Ministry Of Social Affairs And Health In Finland
Sydney, Australia, April 2007 

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Prof. Osmo J. Kontula Ph.D.

Osmo Kontula is a Research Professor at the Population Research Institute of the Family Federation of Finland, lecturer at the University of Helsinki, and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. He has been involved especially with sex research and active in the sexological organizations for the past 20 years. He has authored over 280 publications and almost 50 books and presented more than 60 papers in international conferences. For the last ten years he has been a member of expert groups in the European Union in both quantitative and qualitative sex research and population issues, and a consultant of European Population Committee in sexual and reproductive health issues.
Dr Kontula is a President of the Finnish Association for Sexology (FIAS), an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sex Research (JSR), a member of Scientific Committee and in the Sexuality Education Standards Working Committee of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), and a member of Executive Committee in the European Federation of Sexology (EFS). He is a member of the Advisory Board in the Archive for Sexology in Berlin. (

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