The number of women who regularly have Sex, decreases with increasing age. Mostly this can be explained by physical causes. In a UK study has now been investigated how intimate relations, health and psychological factors affect sexual satisfaction in women after the Menopause.
While research on the sexual life during and after the menopause is usually only on physical aspects, such as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness and pain focus during sexual intercourse, have been identified in the new study, also psycho-social factors. They include concerns about body stature, self-confidence, the perceived desire, Stress, mood swings, and relationship problems. The results are published in the journal Menopause.
Annual surveys of almost 4,500 post-menopausal women showed that half of them at the beginning of the study sexually active. Their share decreased over time, and the Sex was described as less enjoyable. The main reason for lack of sexual activity was the Lack of a partner, especially in the case of widows. Other causes of erection problems of the partner, the health status of both partners, with the help of Menopause-related symptoms and prescribed medications were. Contributed to a low Libido, relationship problems, logistical challenges and the perception of aging.
Dr. Stephanie Faubion, medical Director of the North American Menopause society, said: "Sexual health problems in women, with increasing age, frequently, and partner factors play a prominent role in the sexual activity and satisfaction of women. Despite the availability of effective therapies, only a few women are looking for a treatment for these problems." Overall, only three percent of the participants reported positive sexual experiences.
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