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Gazzetta Medica Italiana - Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2021 May;180(5):214-9

DOI: 10.23736/S0393-3660.20.04362-4

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Is Quality of Life related to the postmenopausal women’ sexual life?

Tahereh JALALI 1, Zahra BOSTANI KHALESI 2 , Fatemeh JAFARZADEH-KENARSARI 2

1 Student Research Committee Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran; 2 Determinants of Health Research Center, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran



INTRODUCTION: Globally, average life expectancy continues to increase, which is caused by an unavoidable and physiological change in elderly women. However, the reports about the effect of menopausal change such as sexual dysfunction (SD) on the quality of life (QOL) is still confused and contradictory. This study aimed to review the association between QOL and SL in postmenopausal women.
EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: The Web of Science, PsycInfo, Age line, Cinahl, Embase, PsycInfo, Pubmed, Scopus, Google Scholar, SID, Iran Medex, Magiran, and Iran Doc databases were searched. Eligible articles were published from 1990 until May 2019. Two independent reviewers conducted data extraction and relevance screening.
EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: Two hundred twenty-eightdocuments were qualified for review; only 3 of them were descriptive study from Iran. A few documents also showed a negative association between QoL and SL in menopausal women. There is a cause-and-effect relationship between SL and QoL. These causes include demographic and clinical factors, factors related to the mind and brain and hormonal factors.
CONCLUSIONS: From the available evidence, it appears that the SD has a detrimental effect on menopausal women’s QoL. More research work is needed to delineate the effect of demographic characteristics of menopausal women from residual confounding effects.


KEY WORDS: Sexual behavior; Menopause; Quality of life

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