The European Vulvovaginal Epidemiological Survey (EVES): impact on sexual function of vulvovaginal atrophy of menopause

Objective: To estimate the impact of vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) on sexual function in a clinical population of postmenopausal women. Methods: Women 45 to 75 years old and more than 12 months after the last menstruation, who attended menopausal/gynecological centers in Italy and Spain, were included. Women with at least one VVA symptom completed the following questionnaires: Day-to-Day Impact of Vaginal Aging (DIVA), Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), and Female Sexual Distress Scale revised (FSDS-R). A physical gynecological examination was performed to confirm the VVA diagnosis. Data were analyzed by chi-square and Student's t tests. Results: In all, 2,160 evaluable women were included in the study. VVA was confirmed in 90% of the included participants. The negative impact on sexual function was significantly higher in women with than in women without confirmed VVA, as evaluated with the sexual function component (DIVA-C) of the DIVA questionnaire (Pā€Š=ā€Š0.013). Statistically significant differences (Pā€Š
Source: Menopause - Category: OBGYN Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research

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Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 24 May 2020Source: The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyAuthor(s): Armina Kazi, Olga Goloubeva, Amanda Schech, Stephen Yu, Gauri J Sabnis
Source: The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
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Source: Maturitas - Category: Primary Care Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Int J Risk Saf Med Source Type: research
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Source: Molecular Biology Reports - Category: Molecular Biology Authors: Tags: Mol Biol Rep Source Type: research
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Source: Sexuality and Disability - Category: Disability Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Breast Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Clin J Oncol Nurs Source Type: research
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Source: International Urogynecology Journal - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
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Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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