Does Age And Race Determine A Woman’s Sex Drive Decline? Scientists Believe So [Study]

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“Not tonight, dear” are the words a significant other starts to hear more and more when a woman’s sex drive starts to decline. The question is – is there a link between race, age, and the decline of a woman’s sex drive?

According to CBS News, a new study has allowed scientists to pinpoint a great deal about women’s sex drive. This included a number of factors – including age and race – which may determine when a woman’s sex drive is most likely to decline.

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Science Daily reports that according to a new study in the journal Menopause, sex is extremely important to most middle-aged women. In fact, the study determined that 75 percent of 1,390 middle-aged women who were observed for the study revealed that their sex drive was high and extremely important to them. Approximately 20 months before these women hit menopause, most of them noticed a significant decline in their sex drive.

The women reported this sex drive decline continued for roughly a year after their first period before progressively getting worse over a period of five years. This same timeline appears to be true for a woman after having a hysterectomy. The author of the study points out the fact that there has been a lot of controversy surrounding whether or not menopause and aging factors into the decline of a woman’s sex drive. With this study, however, scientists believe menopause does have a negative impact on a woman’s sex drive.

While the study did rely on some degree of self-reporting, it was also determined that race appeared to play a role in the decline of a woman’s sex drive as well. Compared to white women, African-American women noted having a significantly smaller decline. Japanese women, on the other hand, noticed a much greater decline.

“This study highlights the need for health-care providers to have open conversations with their patients about their sexual issues, because there are many options for women to help maintain or improve their sexual lives as they transition to and beyond menopause.”

All of the women who were part of the sex drive decline study either had a hysterectomy (which is the removal of a woman’s uterus) or had gone through natural menopause.

The study also pointed out the fact that what happened to women before a hysterectomy are not necessarily going to follow the same pattern or timeline as a woman who naturally approaches menopause. This is because, while a hysterectomy may be necessary for some medical conditions, it is not a natural start of menopause. It is a surgical start to menopause.

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While it is not uncommon for menopause to include side effects that can make being intimate more challenging for women including dryness, depression, and anxiety, these side effects should not be used to explain the impact menopause has on a woman’s sex drive. Nancy Avis, a professor of social sciences and health policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine, is the name of the individual who lead the research.

Health experts also point out the fact that certain medications can be prescribed to woman to help deal with menopause-related side effects that can have a negative impact on a woman’s sex drive. Low-dose vaginal estrogen, for example, is known to be effective in helping women deal with the side effects to maintain a healthy sex drive after menopause.

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As you can see, while menopause does have a negative impact on a woman’s sex drive it does not stop a woman’s sex drive in its tracks. Typically, a woman can have a healthy sex drive for another three to five years before a decline really starts to kick in. For this reason, researchers of the study believe women shouldn’t feel embarrassed about requesting medication to help with menopause-related side effects to embrace the sex drive they will likely still have for many years.

How do you feel knowing gender and age have been linked to the decline of a woman’s sex drive? More importantly, how do you feel knowing scientists have been able to pinpoint a timeline on which the average woman’s sex drive follows? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Does Age And Race Determine A Woman’s Sex Drive Decline? Scientists Believe So [Study] is an article from: The Inquisitr News

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