Misconceptions About Sexual Health in Older Women

Dr. Carol Kuhle, a Masters of Public Health and Physician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, reviews her article appearing in the April 2021 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, where she notes there is a common misconception that aging women are not sexually active, but also notes that while sexual activity tends to decline with age, both men and women continue to engage in sexual activity through the later decades of life. She reports when surveyed, patients indicated high interest in discussing sexual issues with their medical providers. Dr. Kuhle suggests some barriers to achieving this stem from a lack of understanding on how to address the sexual health and lack of training in medical schools for clinicians to learn about sexual health issues. She concludes that to offer appropriate management to patients, the effects of age-related changes in sexual function must be distinguished from the effects of health changes on sexual function. Available at: https://mayocl.in/3beHij0

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