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Low Desire Common in Midlife Women

Dec 26, 2017

HSDD has been researched in the past, but some of those studies did not use validated assessment tools. For this study, the researchers wanted to know more about the prevalence of HSDD and its effects on women with partners and those without.

The women completed several questionnaires concerning their menopausal status, sexual function, sexual desire, sexual distress, and any symptoms of depression. They also told the researchers about any medications they were taking, as some drugs can have sexual side effects like low desire.

Just over a quarter of the women had not yet reached menopause. Nineteen percent were perimenopausal, which means they were in the midst of the menopausal transition. Fifty-five percent were postmenopausal. About 71% had a regular sexual partner.

Fourteen percent of the participants had moderate to severe depression, and 24% took medications that could affect sexual function.

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