Shahed University

Evaluation of Factors Affecting Sexual Desire During Menopausal Transition and Post Menopause

Maryam Rabiee | Malihah Nasirie | Nafisah Zafarqandie

Date :  2014/11/22
Publish in :    Womens Health Bulietin

Keywords :Evaluation, Affecting, Sexual, Transition

Abstract :
sexual desire which affects their social and psychological health. Objectives: The present study attempted to evaluate the impact of some personal and social factors, common age-related complaints, and follicular stimulating hormone and estradiol on sexual desire. Patients and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 201 females, aged 45-60 years old, without any history of psychological illness, and not receiving any hormone therapy including estrogen-progesterone. They filled three questionnaires; Menopausal Rating Scale (MRS), symptom checklist 90 and their sexual interests and demographic characteristics. The data were analyzed using Pearson Chisquare tests and logistic regression (using SPSS 18). Results: A deceasing sexual desire was observed in 34.7 of the cases. A statistically significant relationship was found between reduced sexual desire and physical complaints and mood changes including anxiety and depression. Women who were widowed or divorced exhibited a significantly higher reduction in sexual desire. There was a significant correlation between sexual satisfaction and sexual desire. However, no significant relationship was observed between sexual desire and hot flashes, dyspareunia and level of estradiol and FSH. Conclusions: Mental and physical health of women and their sexual satisfaction play a more effective role in predicting sexual desire, regardless of age and hormonal changes during this period. Keywords:Libido; Menopause; Premenopause; Moods

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