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Call for papers on sexuality, sexual and reproductive health in later life

With a growing number of older people in the world, it is time for Reproductive Health Matters to look more closely at the sexual and reproductive health of people in this different stage of life.

This issue of the journal will shine a spotlight on people over 50, inviting research, policy analysis and examples of practical actions that address the effects of ageing on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. We also welcome contributions that highlight the often ignored health and social challenges faced by older people in meeting their sexual and reproductive health needs and rights, and best practices for overcoming these barriers.

Sex and ageing is often an invisible subject in research, policy and programming. Research in general, and sexual and reproductive health research in particular, tends to focus on the 15-49 year age group, resulting in limited data about sexual practices, risks and experiences of people aged 50 and older. Sexual and reproductive health care tends to focus on adults of reproductive age and with child-bearing potential far more than on older adults.

Older adults are assumed to have reduced or non-existent sexual desire, especially – it seems – women, who become invisible once their reproductive function ceases. Yet, people’s sex lives continue actively well into older age, and sexuality continues to play an important role for people’s quality of life and well-being. Although there is a growing focus on the positive elements of sexuality and sexual rights in younger age groups, for older adults the focus is primarily on ‘sexual function’ rather than a more positive approach to experiences of sexuality and sexual expression.

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