Sexuality in Nigerian older adults

  • Adeoti Adekunle Olatayo
  • Ojo Osaze Kubwa
  • Ajayi Ebenezer Adekunle


Introduction: Oftentimes the older adults are assumed to be asexual as few studies explore into the sexuality of this age group worldwide and even in Nigeria. It is an important aspect of quality of life which is often neglected by people in this age group, attending physicians and the society as a whole. The study was aimed at determining the perception of older adults about sexuality, identify the factors that could militate against sexuality and fill any void in information in this regard. Methods: Descriptive study conducted in one hundred older adults. A semistructured questionnaire was administered to consenting participants between 1st of September 2013 and 31st of March 2014. Results: Mean age of respondents was 66.42± 5.77 years. Seventy-eight percent of the male respondents considered engaging in sexual activity as safe compared to 45.8% of the female respondents. More of the women (33.3%) regarded sexuality in the older adults as a taboo when compared to the men (5.4%). However, the men were more favourably disposed to discussing sexual problems than the women with their spouses (42% vs 20%) and Physicians (23.2% vs 0.0%). Major factors responsible for sexual inactivity were participants' medical ailments (65%), partners' failing health (15%) as well as anxiety about sexual performance (25%) in the men and dyspareunia (25%) in women. Conclusion: There is an urgent need to correct the misconception about sexuality in this age group especially among the women and for the physicians to explore the sexual history of every patient.

Pan African Medical Journal 2015; 22

Author Biographies

Adeoti Adekunle Olatayo
Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria
Ojo Osaze Kubwa
General Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria
Ajayi Ebenezer Adekunle
Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria

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eISSN: 1937-8688