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Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol. 2013;40(1):58-60.

Arterial hypertension and female sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women.

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Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences - Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate female sexual dysfunction in hypertensive postmenopausal women and the effects of antihypertensive therapy.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Female sexual dysfunction was assessed by the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) in three groups of postmenopausal patients: normotensive women (group A: 240 women), hypertensive women without therapy (group B: 220 women), hypertensive women on therapy (group C: 80 women).

RESULTS:

The incidence of female sexual dysfunction was increased in group B compared to groups A and C. Healthy patients showed higher FSFI scores compared to hypertensive patients (groups B and C). Hypertensive-treated patients accounted for higher scores in all items compared to hypertensive patients without therapy.

CONCLUSIONS:

Essential hypertension significantly affects female sexual function. Physicians should recognize and properly manage FSD in hypertensive women.

PMID:
23724508
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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