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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 20, No. 4, 2020, pp. 1979-1984
Bioline Code: hs20162
Full paper language: English
Document type: Study
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2020, pp. 1979-1984

 en The impact of menopause on sexual function in women and their spouses
Khalesi, Zahra Bostani; Jafarzadeh-Kenarsari, Fatemeh; Mobarrez, Yalda Donyaei & Abedinzade, Mahmood


Background: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of menopause on sexual function in women and their spouses.
Methods: This is a cross-sectional study that was conducted from January 2018 to May 2019 in Rasht (North of Iran). The participants included 215 menopausal women and their spouses. Data were collected using the demographic questionnaire, the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) questionnaire, and the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) questionnaire.
Results: On the basis of the FSFI and IIEF scores, 36.28% (78/215) women reported female sexual dysfunction (FSD) and 17.2% (37/215) men reported erectile dysfunction (ED) with 8.37% (N = 18) being mild, 5.58% (N = 12) mild to moderate, and 3.25% (N = 7) moderate ED. After adjusting differences in the female age distribution, the total score and scores of the IIEF subscales were also not significantly lower in the spouses of women with FSD than women without FSD.
Conclusion: Although, significant correlations between male erectile function and menopausal female sexual function have not identified; but, low scores of the subscales of FSFI in female participants mostly impaired sexual satisfaction and overall satisfaction in their spouses.

Erectile function; female sexual function; couple; menopause.

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