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Sexual Function of Postmenopausal Women Addicted to Alcohol

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Chair of Woman’s Health in Katowice, School of Health Sciences in Katowice, Medical University of Silesia, 40-752 Katowice, Poland
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Department of the Internal Disease, Dermatologia and Allergy, European Center of Diagnosis and Treatment of Urticaria, School of Medicine in Zabrze, Medical University of Silesia, 40-752 Katowice, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(8), 1639; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15081639
Received: 2 July 2018 / Revised: 28 July 2018 / Accepted: 1 August 2018 / Published: 2 August 2018
Introduction: Alcoholism impairs female sexual functions (decreased sex drive, reduced vaginal fluid, difficulty to experience orgasm). Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the course of perimenopausal period and sexual life of female alcoholics. Methods: 97 women at the age of 40–60 years were qualified with a diagnosed history of alcoholism (studied group). For the control group, 92 women at the age of 40–60 without a history of alcoholism were qualified. Questionnaires assessing female sexual function (Female Sexual Function Index—FSFI), the severity of perimenopausal symptoms (Menopause Rating Scale—MRS) and the degree of alcohol addiction (Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test—MAST) were obtained from each participant. Main outcome measures: To assess the sexual function of perimenopausal women addicted to alcohol. Results: The studied and control groups were significantly different (p = 0.00) in terms of severity of menopausal symptoms (MRS). The research showed lower quality of sexual life (FSFI) of women from the studied group. Conclusions: Population of women with diagnosed alcohol dependence enter the menopausal stage at the similar age as the population of female non-drinkers. The time of alcohol abuse is an important factor having an impact on both the course of menopause and the dynamics of the perimenopause period, leading to symptom escalation. The population of female alcoholics shows a decrease in sexual activity and the prevalence of sexual disorders. View Full-Text
Keywords: alcoholism; menopause; sexual functioning alcoholism; menopause; sexual functioning
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Jenczura, A.; Czajkowska, M.; Skrzypulec-Frankel, A.; Skrzypulec-Plinta, V.; Drosdzol-Cop, A. Sexual Function of Postmenopausal Women Addicted to Alcohol. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1639.

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