African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
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
© Copyright 2020 - Khalesi ZB et al.
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
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.