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How does menopause affect female sexual dysfunction?

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Emotional changes that often accompany menopause can add to a woman's loss of interest in sex and/or ability to become aroused.

Some postmenopausal women report an increase in sexual satisfaction. This may be due to less anxiety about getting pregnant. Also, postmenopausal woman often have fewer child-rearing responsibilities, allowing them to relax and enjoy intimacy with their partners.

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Merck. 

Mayo Clinic. 

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 7, 2019

SOURCES: 

Merck. 

Mayo Clinic. 

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 7, 2019

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