Sexual dysfunction due to perimenopause
A new study describes a 30 percent increase in sexual dysfunction in women when their perimenopause begins. Often women experience vaginal dryness, diminished desire, and a general feeling of dissatisfaction.
Researchers from the North American Menopause Association (NAMS) have found in one study that about 30 percent of women suffer from increased sexual dysfunction at the onset of perimenopause. The results were recently presented in Menopause magazine.
What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause describes the period from one to several years before the actual menopause begins. When perimenopause begins, it varies from woman to woman. The study included women between the ages of 40 and 55 years.
Increase the vaginal dryness
For some women sexuality becomes less satisfying with age. Significant decrease occurs in many women during perimenopause, as a recent study shows. Increasing the vaginal dryness seems to have the greatest impact on the woman's desire and excitement.
Decrease in estrogen levels
According to researchers, lowering estrogen levels during the transition to menopause can cause different biological changes in the female body. This is associated with vaginal atrophy and inflammation of the vaginal walls in some women. In addition, there are other factors such as emotional stress.
The process starts earlier than previously thought
Although previous studies have already known that menopause in women is associated with a drop in estrogen levels, it can affect sexual activity. However, this is the first study to describe how and how often these processes are activated during perimenopause.
Identify treatment factors
"This study looked at the sexual function of women between the ages of 40 and 55 and identified a link between vaginal dryness and poorer sexual function," Dr. Stephanie Jubion from the studio team. Given the high prevalence of sexual dysfunction in women in perimenopause, it is important to know the healing factors.
What to do about sexual aversion
Researchers have identified vaginal dryness as one of the major factors in perimenopausal sexual dysfunction. This is a starting point that can help "enable women to maintain their sexual function during the menopause transition," Hubion said. (Vb)
Graduate Editor (FH) Volker Blasek
- North American Menopause Association (NAMS): Perimenopause Often signals the onset of sexual dysfunction (Retrieved 15.11.2019), menopause.org
This article contains general information only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. He could not replace a doctor's visit.