As women age, s-e-x usually becomes less satisfying for them. Some of the reasons for this could be lack of a partner, widowhood, menopause-related symptoms, partner’s poor physical health and relationship issues, researchers said.
The number of women regularly having s-e-x declines with age and the number of women enjoying s-e-x post-menopause is even lower, according to the study published in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society.
The study examined how intimate relationships, health and psychological factors affect s-e-xual intimacy and satisfaction in post-menopausal women.
“S-e-xual health challenges are common in women as they age, and partner factors play a prominent role in women’s s-e-xual activity and satisfaction,” said Stephanie Faubion, Medical Director at the North American Menopause Society.
“In addition, menopause-related problems such as vaginal dryness and pain with s-e-x have been identified which affect s-e-xual function, yet few women seek treatment for these issues despite the availability of effective therapies,” Faubion said.
The researchers studied how and why a woman’s libido and level of s-e-xual satisfaction decline during and after menopause.
For the study, substantial research was conducted into biological reasons such as hot flashes, sleep disruption, v@ginal dryness and painful intercourse.
But, much less is known about the effect of various psychosocial changes that are common in post-menopause. These include body image concerns, self-confidence and perceived desirability, stress, mood changes and relationship issues.
A data of nearly 4 500 post-menopausal women involved in the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening was studied and the findings showed that, before the start of annual screening, approximately half of the women were s-e-xually active.
A decrease in all aspects of sexual activity was observed over time – s-e-xual activity was less frequent, not as pleasurable and more uncomfortable. The primary reason for absence of s-e-xual activity was the lack of a partner, mainly because of widowhood.
Other commonly cited reasons for decreased activity included a partner’s medical condition, a partner’s s-e-xual dysfunction, the woman’s own physical health problems, and menopause-related symptoms.
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