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Healthy Senior Sex, Part IV

Sexual Side Effects of Medications and Surgery

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Not every sexual problem is specifically age-related.

Some medical problems, and their treatments, can interfere with how you respond sexually to another person.

Chronic pain, surgery, or an illness that causes severe fatigue can make sex challenging or painful. For more information on this, see Chronic Pain and Sexuality.

Drugs that control high blood pressure can reduce a senior's sexual desire, and may lessen lubrication in women or make it hard for men to achieve and maintain an erection. Some other medications may affect senior sex. Antihistamines, antidepressants and acid-blocking drugs have been known to cause sexual problems in some people.

Always ask your doctor or health professional how your medical conditions, medications, and herbal remedies will affect your sexual desire and functionality.

Find out what you can do to keep your medications from affecting your sexuality, or to keep those problems to a minimum.

Note: For simple steps that can improve your sex life, see 6 Steps To Better Senior Sex.

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