Female Sexual Function During the Menopausal Transition in a Group of Iranian Women

  • Tahereh Eftekhar Vali-e-Asr Reproductive Health Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Mahboobeh Dashti Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vali-e-Asr Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Mamak Shariat Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Health Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Fedyeh Haghollahi Vali-e-Asr Reproductive Health Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Firoozeh Raisi Psychiatric and Psychological Research Center, Roozbeh Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Akram Ghahghaei-Nezamabadi Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vali-e-Asr Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Keywords: Sexual Dysfunction, Menopause, Psychological Sexual Dysfunction, Libido, Arousal, Female Sexual Function Index

Abstract

Objective: To determine the prevalence of sexual problems in Iranian women and association of sexual dysfunction with menopausal symptoms.Materials and methods: In this cross-sectional study, 151 married women with the age of 40-60 yearsold who were referred for treatmentto Department of Gynecology in Vali-e-Asr Hospital (Tehran, Iran) from April to July 2012, were recruited. They were evaluated concerning their sexual function in the domains of desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain with the female sexual function index (FSFI) questionnaire.Menopause rating scale (MRS) was developed for the diagnosis and quantification of climacteric symptoms.Results: Total frequency of sexual dysfunction was 53% with the domains of lubrication, arusal and desire being commonly affected 62%, 70% and 98.5% of cases respectively. There is a relationship between severity of somatic and urogenital symptoms with sexual dysfunction (p = 0.03, p = 0.00 respectively).Conclusion: A considerable percentage of women experienced sexual dysfunctions in this period. Somatic and urogenital symptoms during the menopausal period could be a factor to maintain or intensity of sexual dysfunctions.

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2016-08-23
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Eftekhar T, Dashti M, Shariat M, Haghollahi F, Raisi F, Ghahghaei-Nezamabadi A. Female Sexual Function During the Menopausal Transition in a Group of Iranian Women. J Fam Reprod Health. 10(2):52-8.
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