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Sexuality and Menopause

This study aimed to explore the link between the menopause and peri-menopause transition and the effect on perceived sexuality as well as sexual activity of women aged between 45-55. They randomly selected the women, and the study was focused on sexual activity and perception over the prior 12 months

This study was a phone survey done on over 2000 women aged 45-55. Though the survey was short, the large sample size allows researchers to draw more accurate conclusions about the general population based on the results.

Interestingly, the study found that, "The majority of women (62%) reported no change in sexual interest, although 31% reported a decrease." However, those who did experience a decrease noted that the decrease was specifically due to menopause rather than aging.

The researchers did also note that several other factors of menopause specifically affected womens sexuality, including:

  • decreased well being overall
  • vasomotor symptoms
  • cardiopulmonary symptoms
  • skeletal (joint pain) issues.

Lastly, they noted that both education level and employment changes also seemed to have a not insignificant effect on women's sexuality in menopause.

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/01674829409025630