aThese authors contributed equally to this manuscript, and should be considered co-first authors.
Association Between Higher Levels of Sexual Function, Activity, and Satisfaction and Self-Rated Successful Aging in Older Postmenopausal Women
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2011
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Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume 59, Issue 8, pages 1503–1508, August 2011
How to Cite
Thompson, W. K., Charo, L., Vahia, I. V., Depp, C., Allison, M. and Jeste, D. V. (2011), Association Between Higher Levels of Sexual Function, Activity, and Satisfaction and Self-Rated Successful Aging in Older Postmenopausal Women. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59: 1503–1508. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03495.x
- Issue published online: 16 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2011
- sexual activity;
- sexual satisfaction;
- sexual function;
- postmenopausal women;
- self-rated successful aging
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether measures of successful aging are associated with sexual activity, satisfaction, and function in older postmenopausal women.
DESIGN: Cross-sectional study using self-report surveys; analyses included chi-square and t-tests and multiple linear regression analyses.
SETTING: Community-dwelling older postmenopausal women in the greater San Diego region.
PARTICIPANTS: One thousand two hundred thirty-five community-dwelling women aged 60 to 89 participating at the San Diego site of the Women's Health Initiative.
MEASUREMENTS: Demographic information and self-reported measures of sexual activity, function, and satisfaction and successful aging.
RESULTS: Sexual activity and functioning (desire, arousal, vaginal tightness, use of lubricants, and ability to climax) were negatively associated with age, as were physical and mental health. In contrast, sexual satisfaction and self-rated successful aging and quality of life remained unchanged across age groups. Successful aging measures were positively associated with sexual measures, especially self-rated quality of life and sexual satisfaction.
CONCLUSION: Self-rated successful aging, quality of life, and sexual satisfaction appear to be stable in the face of declines in physical health, some cognitive abilities, and sexual activity and function and positively associated with each other from age 60 to 89.