Menopause and Sexuality

Kimberley Thornton, Judi Chervenak, Genevieve Neal-Perry

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Sexuality is an important component in the lives of menopausal women. Despite the importance of sexual function in menopausal women, sexual dysfunction increases with age. Age-related decline in sexual function may significantly reduce quality of life, making recognition of sexual dysfunction by physicians important for getting menopausal women effective care. Sexual dysfunction can result from multiple etiologies including psychosocial factors, medication side effects, vulvovaginal atrophy, chronic illness, or hypoactive sexual desire disorder. Discovering the etiology and identifying modifiable factors of the sexual function will help define appropriate treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-661
Number of pages13
JournalEndocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Hormone therapy
  • Hypoactive sexual desire disorder
  • Menopause
  • Sexuality
  • Vulvovaginal atrophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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