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Sexual Activities, Sexual and Life Satisfaction, and Successful Aging in Women

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  • Anna C. Woloski-Wruble RN, EdD,

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    1. The Henrietta Szold Hadassah Hebrew University School of Nursing in the Faculty of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel;
    2. Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus—Patricia and Russell Fleischman Center for Women's Health Jerusalem, Israel;
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  • Yulia Oliel RN, MSc,

    1. The Henrietta Szold Hadassah Hebrew University School of Nursing in the Faculty of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel;
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  • Miriam Leefsma RN, CNM, PhD,

    1. Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus—Patricia and Russell Fleischman Center for Women's Health Jerusalem, Israel;
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  • Drorith Hochner-Celnikier MD

    1. Hadassah Medical Organization, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jerusalem, Israel
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Anna C. Woloski-Wruble, RN, EdD, School of Nursing, Hadassah Hebrew University, POB 12000, Jerusalem, 91120, Israel. Tel: 01197226777757; Fax: 01197226439020; E-mail: annawruble@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Introduction.  Sexuality for women at all ages is a vital aspect of life satisfaction and is based upon continuing growth, development, and adaptation. The successful aging model includes physical, mental/emotional, and social well-being. There is no known published literature on the topic of sexual activities of older women and its implications on life and sexual satisfaction.

Aim.  To investigate the sexual activities of older women in Israel, their levels of sexual satisfaction and life satisfaction, and to examine the relationship between the level of sexual activities, sexual satisfaction, and life satisfaction.

Main Outcome Measure.  Components of the Derogatis Sexual Functioning Inventory, and the Life Satisfaction Index.

Methods.  A descriptive, correlational study guided by the theory of “successful aging” by Havighurst (1961) was conducted using a convenience sample of 127 women who attended a menopause clinic for routine and follow up care.

Results.  The research findings described older women as being involved in varied, though limited, sexual activities. There was no significant relationship discovered between the number of sexual activities and age. The level of sexual satisfaction of the studied sample was found to be above the mean score. Most of the women reported good sexual/intimate communication with their partners. Women were not satisfied with the limited variety in their sex life. Women reported a high level of life satisfaction. Ultimately, a positive significant correlation was discovered between sexual satisfaction and level of current sexual activity, and between sexual satisfaction and life satisfaction.

Conclusions.  Older women are interested in continuing their sexual activities. It is a component of life satisfaction. The desire for sexual variety suggested an important area for patient education. Couple communication was deemed a priority. Health providers should include sexual health issues in their discussions with clients of all ages. Woloski-Wruble AC, Oliel Y, Leefsma M, and Hochner-Celnikier D. Sexual activities, sexual and life satisfaction, and successful aging in women. J Sex Med 2010;7:2401–2410.

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