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J Midlife Health. 2011 Jul;2(2):77-80. doi: 10.4103/0976-7800.92534.

Sexual function among married menopausal women in Amol (Iran).

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Department of Medical, Babol Medical Sciences University, Iran.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Sexual activity is an important part of the human being's life but this instinct could be influenced by some factors such as diseases, drug using, aging, and menopause. But information about that is limited.

AIM:

The aim of this study is to determine the status of sexual activity among married menopausal women in Amol, Iran.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

This descriptive analytical study was conducted to describe the sexual activity and sexual dysfunction of women after menopause. Data were collected from health centers in Amol from 280 married women using a questionnaire (self-completed or by interview).

FINDING:

Mean age of subjects were 55.9 ± 6.02 years. 23.4% of subjects reported that their sexual intercourse had been low. 70% of subjects reported a decrease in their sexual activities after menopause. Sexual dysfunctions includes sexual desire disorder 80% arousal dysfunction 80%, orgasmic dysfunction 25%, dyspareunia 55.6%, and lack of sexual satisfaction 43.2%.

CONCLUSION:

Findings revealed high percentage of sexual desire disorder and sexual arousal disorder in menopausal women. Therefore, we should have emphasis on counseling and education about sexual activities during the menopause period.

KEYWORDS:

Menopause; sexual function; women

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