Sexuality in sexagenarian women

Gloria Bachmann, S. R. Leiblum

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Abstract

Sexual behavior was examined in 59 healthy, post-menopausal women between 60 and 70 years of age. Subjects were interviewed by a psychologist, completed medical and sexual questionnaires and had a gynecologic exam and blood drawn for determination of estradiol, luteinizing hormone and total and free testosterone. Partners filled out a mail-back sexual questionnaire. Thirty-nine (66%) of the group were coitally active and twenty (34%) were abstinent. The coitally active group reported higher levels of sexual desire (P < 0.03), greater sexual satisfaction (P < 0.007), more comfort in expressing sexual preferences (P < 0.009) and greater pre-menopausal sexual satisfaction (P < 0.01) and on pelvic examination were noted to have less genital atrophy (P < 0.0005) than the abstinent group. For the entire sample sexual complaints such as decreased desire and vaginal lubrication in the female and erectile difficulties in the male were reported frequently. Of the hormones studied, higher serum levels of free testosterone were associated with reports of increased sexual desire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-50
Number of pages8
JournalMaturitas
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

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Orgasm
Sexuality
Testosterone
Lubrication
Gynecological Examination
Postal Service
Luteinizing Hormone
Sexual Behavior
Atrophy
Estradiol
Blood
Hormones
Psychology
Serum
Surveys and Questionnaires

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Keywords

  • Menopausal sex
  • Sexual behavior
  • Vaginal health

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Bachmann, Gloria ; Leiblum, S. R. / Sexuality in sexagenarian women. In: Maturitas. 1991 ; Vol. 13, No. 1. pp. 43-50.
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