Sexual function and the menopausal woman: the importance of age and partner`s sexual functioning

Deeks, Amanda A. and McCabe, Marita 2001, Sexual function and the menopausal woman: the importance of age and partner`s sexual functioning, Journal of sex research, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 219-225.

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Title Sexual function and the menopausal woman: the importance of age and partner`s sexual functioning
Author(s) Deeks, Amanda A.
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Journal of sex research
Volume number 38
Issue number 3
Start page 219
End page 225
Publisher Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
Place of publication Allentown, Pa.
Publication date 2001-08
ISSN 0022-4499
Summary The aim of this study was to investigate age, menopausal status, and the male partner's sexual function on the sexual function of the menopausal woman. Sexual functioning of 304 women (120 premenopausal, 76 perimenopausal, 108 postmenopausal) aged between 35 and 65 years from a community sample was investigated. Multiple regression analyses found that sexual satisfaction within the relationship was better predicted by age group than by menopausal status. Younger women were more likely to be satisfied with their sexual relationship than older women. Age group was also a better predictor than menopausal status of current frequency of intercourse, with younger women being likely to have more frequent intercourse than older women. Whether a female respondent had experienced a sexual dysfunction was better predicted by menopausal status than by age. Women who were menopausal were more likely to report a sexual problem such as lack of sexual interest, poor lubrication, and failure to have an orgasm. However, age group appeared to be a better predictor of whether the male partner had experienced a sexual dysfunction. Older men were more likely to have experienced failure to have an erection, for example. The findings of this study indicate that age and the sexual function of the partner are important factors to take into consideration when investigating the sexual function of the menopausal woman.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Taylor & Francis
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