New York: Sex usually becomes less satisfying for women as they get older. According to the researchers, some of the reasons for this could be a lack of a partner, widowhood, menopause-related symptoms, a partner’s poor physical health, and relationship issues. According to a study published in “Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society,” the number of women who have sex regularly decreases with age, and the number of women who have sex after menopause is even lower.
The research looked at how intimate relationships, health, and psychological factors influence sexual intimacy and satisfaction in postmenopausal women.
“As women age, sexual health issues become more common, and partner factors play a significant role in women’s sexual activity and satisfaction,” said Stephanie Faubion, Medical Director of the North American Menopause Society. “In addition, menopause-related problems such as vaginal dryness and pain with sex have been identified as affecting sexual function, but despite the availability of effective therapies, few women seek treatment for these issues,” Faubion said.
The study looked into how and why a woman’s libido and level of sexual satisfaction decline during and after menopause. Significant research was conducted for the study into biological reasons such as hot flashes, sleep disruption, vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse.
However, much less is known about the impact of various post-menopausal psychosocial changes. These include issues with body image, self-confidence and perceived attractiveness, stress, mood swings, and relationship problems. A study of nearly 4,500 postmenopausal women in the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening found that approximately half of the women were sexually active prior to the start of annual screening.
Over time, there was a decrease in all aspects of sexual activity: sexual activity was less frequent, less pleasurable, and more uncomfortable. The primary reason for the absence of sexual activity was the lack of a partner, which was primarily due to widowhood. Other common reasons for decreased activity included a partner’s medical condition, a partner’s sexual dysfunction, the woman’s own physical health issues, and menopausal symptoms.