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None of the women had entered menopause yet at the start of the study. However, about 46 percent started to experience the transition to menopause when the study started, reporting symptoms of period changes and hot flashes. The other 54 percent were in the pre-menopausal stage, showing no symptoms of menopause and having regular cycles.
The women were asked questions about their sexual activity, including whether they engaged in sex with their partner, how often they had sex and other sexual activities, and whether they performed self-stimulation, in the past six months.
In the study, a majority of the respondents (64 percent) reported weekly sexual activity. Over the 10-year study period, 45 percent (1,324) of the women had natural menopause at the age of 52. What is menopause?
Menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive age. It kickstarts the end of the menstrual cycle. The diagnosis comes after a woman reports not having a menstrual period for 12 months and it occurs normally in their 50s. However, some women have it earlier in their 40s.
Along the way, women experience menopausal symptoms that can be irritating and uncomfortable. These include vaginal dryness, irregular periods before stopping permanently, hot flashes, night sweats, chills, sleep problems, thinning of the hair, weight gain, dry skin, slowed metabolism, mood changes and loss of breast fullness.
After menopause, women may have an increased risk of medical conditions due to decreased estrogen levels. For one, a menopausal woman is more likely to have a cardiovascular disease such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Osteoporosis is also more likely in menopausal women, which involves having weak and brittle bones. The condition increases the risk of having bone fractures. Other conditions include decreased libido, decreased sexual function, and urinary incontinence. Journal reference:
Arnot Megan and Mace Ruth Sexual frequency is associated with age of natural menopause: results from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation7R. Soc. open sci. http://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.191020
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