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Psychosocial Factors Influence Menopausal Sex

Psychosocial Factors Influence Menopausal Sex A new research study has found that social and psychological factors have the biggest influence upon women’s sexual behavior during menopause.

The findings are significant because biological changes such as declining hormone levels have long been attributed to the changes in sexual behavior during menopause.

University of Sheffield researchers publish their findings in the Journal of Health Psychology.

They found that contrary to previous evidence, women’s experience of sexual activity during menopause differs greatly between individuals, and is not always directly linked to biological factors.

The research team interviewed a group of British women to capture their perspectives on menopause and assessed whether they had experienced change in sexual activity and satisfaction during their menopause.

Almost all had experienced some form of change but the findings indicated that these were down to a number of external factors such as providing care for a relative, partner’s low sexual desire and the quality of the relationship, alongside biological factors such as perceived changes in levels of hormones.

The findings therefore concluded that women go through many lifestyle changes during mid-life which are also contributing factors.

Dr. Sharron Hinchcliff, from the University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “Our study has examined the influence of psycho-social factors on sexual activity during the menopause to provide a new perspective on the increasingly medicalised view of this time of life.

“Biological research tends to report the negative impact of declining hormone levels on women’s ability to engage in and enjoy sexual activities, whereas our study found that some women actually saw an increase in sexual desire during this time.

“By highlighting this variability, we hope to challenge the perspectives that treat women as a homogeneous group or which regard the menopause as an event that will affect all women’s sexuality in the same way.”

Source: University of Sheffield

Psychosocial Factors Influence Menopausal Sex

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Psychosocial Factors Influence Menopausal Sex. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 16, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2010/07/07/psychosocial-factors-influence-menopausal-sex/15382.html

 

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