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By Ronnie CohenReuters Health. NEW YORK Reuters Health - Most women who are sexually active when they enter middle age continue to engage sexually as they grow older, even if they were diagnosed with sexual dysfunction, new research shows. Holly Thomas told Reuters Health.
Psychologists and doctors have been debating the value of diagnosing women with sexual dysfunction since soon after the release of the erectile-dysfunction pill Viagra set off a search for a female version of the blockbuster drug.
The index includes 19 questions about arousal, orgasm, vaginal lubrication and pain during intercourse.
In the current study, middle-aged and older Pittsburgh women who reported being sexually active when they first took the test took it again four years later. More than 85 percent of women reported that they remained sexually active when they took the test the second time between the ages of 48 and Nevertheless, those women generally scored low on the sexual-function index, with an average score of The authors were surprised to find that sexual function, as measured by the index, failed to predict whether the women continued to have sex.
Race, weight, relationship status and how important women deemed sex - rather than their scores on the sexual-function index - were the most important predictors of sexual activity, according to findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Women who rated sex as important were three times as likely to remain sexually active as women who rated it as unimportant, Thomas said.
White women were most likely to stay sexually engaged, the researchers found. So were thinner women.
Camelia Davtyan told Reuters Health she would welcome a better instrument than the sexual-function index. But she does use it and finds it a valuable tool. Thehowever, resonated with her clinical experience, though the Pittsburgh patients were not as old as many of hers in Los Angeles, she said.
Last week, a year-old woman complained to Davtyan that she was bleeding during intercourse. The doctor prescribed daily vaginal lubricants and vaginal estrogen.