Study identifies desire and arousal as the main players in women's sexual health

In a 4-year study of 178 pre- and 329 postmenopausal women, investigators found that women's sexual functioning was moderately stable over time. The main predictors of changes in sexual functioning and satisfaction were desire and arousal, highlighting their role as the main "players" in women's sexual health.

The study also found that despite the potentially impairing effects of menopause and menopausal transition, sexual satisfaction and functioning in can be improved and sexual problems can show spontaneous remission.

"From a clinical standpoint, improvement of a woman's sexuality is possible even at a later stage and despite the presence of biological impairments," said Dr. Andrea Burri, lead author of The Journal of Sexual Medicine study.


Explore further

Sufficient sleep is important for healthy sexual desire

More information: Burri, A., Hilpert, P. and Spector, T. (2015), Longitudinal Evaluation of Sexual Function in a Cohort of Pre- and Postmenopausal Women. Journal of Sexual Medicine. DOI: 10.1111/jsm.12893
Journal information: Journal of Sexual Medicine

Provided by Wiley
Citation: Study identifies desire and arousal as the main players in women's sexual health (2015, May 4) retrieved 15 November 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-05-desire-arousal-main-players-women.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
6 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments