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What are age-related sexual changes in women?

Jan L. Shifren, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
The following are possible age-related sexual changes in women:
  • Physical changes -- Decreased blood flow to the genitals; lower levels of estrogen and testosterone; thinning of the vaginal lining; dryness of the vagina with loss of l elasticity and muscle tone
  • Desire -- Decreased libido; fewer sexual thoughts and fantasies
  • Arousal -- Slower arousal; reduced vaginal lubrication and less expansion of the vagina during arousal; less blood congestion in the clitoris and lower vagina; diminished clitoral sensitivity
  • Orgasm -- Delayed or absent orgasm; less intense orgasms; fewer and sometimes painful uterine contractions
  • Resolution -- Body returns more rapidly to an unaroused state

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