Sexuality after menopause

Sexuality after menopause is a major component of health and well-being, although it is often neglected by both patients and health care providers. Sexual dysfunction appears early after menopause due to both vaginal dryness/dyspareunia and decreased libido, as an effect of hypoestrogenism in the periphery as well as in the central nervous system. Systemic (hormone replacement therapy) and topical estrogens (in the form of vaginal creams/gels) represent the main available therapeutic interventions.
Source: Maturitas - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: INV47 Source Type: research

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Conclusions: This qualitative analysis explored postmenopausal women's perspective on their sexual functioning. Having an intimate partner and good physical health are key factors for continuation of sexual activity and satisfaction. Further sexual education for healthcare professionals is needed to raise awareness about sexuality and sexual difficulties in later life. Video Summary: Supplemental Digital Content 1, http://links.lww.com/MENO/A426.
Source: Menopause - Category: OBGYN Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
AbstractBackgroundSexual dysfunction is common for breast cancer survivors. Premenopausal women with breast cancer are increasingly offered ovarian suppression and aromatase inhibitor (AI) therapy. We evaluated the association of menopausal status and treatment modalities on sexual dysfunction.MethodsWe conducted a cross-sectional anonymous Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) survey of breast cancer survivors between 2000 and 2016. Analysis utilized Kruskal –Wallis test for FSFI scores, Chi square, or Fisher’s exact test for categorical data, and regression analysis for associations.ResultsOf 585 respondents, 2...
Source: Annals of Surgical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
AbstractPurposeEach year, thousands of young breast cancer (BC) patients confront the difficult decision to medically suppress ovarian function and undergo abrupt, premature menopause to reduce risk of cancer recurrence. Unlike natural menopause, young women undergoing ovarian suppression (OS) face severe and disruptive side effects. Profound sexual dysfunction is one of the most prevalent, distressing side effects of OS treatment. Unmanaged sexual dysfunction is also a primary predictor of non-adherence to this potentially life-saving treatment. We developed and tested a brief, psychosexual intervention targeted to manage...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Evidence indicates benefits for postmenopausal sexual dysfunction but not for menopausal symptoms, including hot flushes, night sweats, anxiety, low mood, or sleep disruptions.Medscape Medical News
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news
Abstract Sexual function worsens with advancing menopause status. The most frequently reported symptoms include low sexual desire (40-55%), poor lubrication (25-30%) and dyspareunia (12-45%), one of the complications of genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). Declining levels of sex steroids (estrogens and androgens) play a major role in the impairment of sexual response; however, psychological and relational changes related with aging and an increase in metabolic and cardiovascular comorbidities should also be taken into account. Although first-line therapeutic strategies for menopause-related sexual dysfuncti...
Source: Medicina (Kaunas) - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Medicina (Kaunas) Source Type: research
Background: Sexuality is an important factor that completes the lives of individuals and affects people in all age groups.Objectives: To examine the sexual functions of women before and after menopause.Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted at the Family Health Centers in Tunceli Turkey,\ between September 2014  and February 2015. The study data were obtained using a Questionnaire and the Female Sexual Function Index. The data wereanalyzed by number, percentage distribution, mean, standard deviation, t-test, and using binary logistic regression analysis.Results: The mean Female Sexual Function Index score o...
Source: African Health Sciences - Category: African Health Source Type: research
Conclusion The FSFI-6 was translated and adapted to the Brazilian culture and is a consistent and reliable tool for female sexual dysfunction screening in Brazilianmiddleaged women.Resumo Objetivo Validar o Índice de Função Sexual Feminina - 6 itens (FSFI-6, na sigla em inglês) para mulheres brasileiras de meia-idade. Métodos Estudo transversal observacional que incluiu 737 (pré-menopausa n = 117, perimenopausa n = 249, pós-menopausa n = 371) mulheres brasileiras sexualmente ativas, entre 40 e 55 anos, sem métodos contraceptivos hormonais. A versão brasileira do...
Source: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetricia - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
AbstractIntroductionSurgery by open radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer is associated with sexual dysfunction as well as lymphedema and bladder problems. Our aim was to assess the impact of robot ‐assisted laparoscopic radical hysterectomy (RRH) with pelvic lymphadenectomy for early‐stage cervical cancer on sexual, bowel, bladder, and lymphatic function and to measure ovarian function after RRH.Material and methodsTwenty ‐six women with early‐stage cervical cancer during 2011‐2013 were investigated before and 1 year after RRH using a validated questionnaire measuring psychological well‐being and sexua...
Source: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE Source Type: research
Testosterone treatment in post-menopausal women can improve symptoms of sexual dysfunction, according to research published in theLancet Diabetes& Endocrinology.Reuters
Source: Society for Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news
(Reuters Health) - Women who experience sexual dysfunction after menopause may feel more desire and pleasure when they use testosterone treatments, a recent study suggests.
Source: Reuters: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
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