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Women’s Sexual Function Over Time

Jul 07, 2015

Women’s Sexual Function Over TimeHow does female sexual function change over time? And what kind of impact does menopause make?

Researchers from the United States, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom investigated that question and published their findings online in May in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Often called the “change of life,” menopause is marked by declines in estrogen, an important reproductive hormone in women. At this time, women stop ovulating. As a result, their menstrual periods stop as well. In North America, the average age of menopause is 51.

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Lower estrogen levels also bring out changes in sexual health. The vagina becomes less flexible and more prone to dryness. A woman may become less lubricated during sex, which can make intercourse uncomfortable. Her sexual desire may wane.

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