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Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2012;5(1):16-27.

Sexual function in elderly women: a review of current literature.


Although sexuality remains an important component of emotional and physical intimacy that most men and women desire to experience throughout their lives, sexual dysfunction in women is a problem that is not well studied. The prevalence of sexual dysfunction among all women is estimated to be between 25% and 63%; the prevalence in postmenopausal women is even higher, with rates between 68% and 86.5%. Increasing recognition of this common problem and future research in this field may alter perceptions about sexuality, dismiss taboo and incorrect thoughts on sexual dysfunction, and spark better management for patients, allowing them to live more enjoyable lives.


Estrogen deprivation; Female sexual dysfunction; Menopause; Sexuality; Testosterone depletion


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