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How can obstructive sleep apnea affect a woman's sex life?

Women, like men, are likely to find their sexual lives negatively affected by obstructive sleep apnea. Several studies have found strong correlations between obstructive sleep apnea and sexual dysfunction in women. As obstructive sleep apnea grows worse, problems with sexual function -- including sensation and desire -- become more serious, according to this research. Women are particularly at risk for undiagnosed sleep problems, including sleep-disordered breathing.

Women who are experiencing problems with sexual function should have their sleep evaluated. This works in both directions: women who are being treated for sleep problems -- particularly obstructive sleep apnea -- should work with their physician to assess the potential effect of their sleep disorder on their sexual health.

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