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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Self-perception Of Sexual Life And Associated Factors: A Population Study Conducted In Women Aged 50 Or More Years [autopercepção De Vida Sexual E Fatores Associados: Estudo Populacional Em Mulheres Com 50 Anos Ou Mais]
Author: Valadares A.L.R.
Machado V.S.S.
Costa-Paiva L.
Osis M.J.
de Sousa M.H.
Pinto-Neto A.M.
Abstract: Purpose: To evaluate the prevalence of women aged 50 years or more who are sexually active and their self-perception with respect to their sexual lives. Associated factors were also assessed. Methods: A cross-sectional, population-based, self-reported household survey involving 622 Brazilian women aged 50 years or more. Sociodemographic, clinical, and behavioral factors were evaluated. The sexual life self-perception was classified as very good, good, fair, poor, or very poor. Data were analyzed using the χ2 test, Fisher's exact test, and Poisson multiple regression analysis. Prevalence ratios and their 95% confidence intervals were also calculated. Results: Of the women in this sample, 228 (36.7%) reported having a sexual life and, of these, 53.5% classified it as very good or good, while 46.5% considered it fair, poor, or very poor. The bivariate analysis indicated that being postmenopausal (p=0.025) and using natural remedies to treat the menopause (p=0.035) were factors associated with the woman classifying their sexual lives as fair, poor, or very poor. Multiple regression analysis showed that more women who had used or were currently using natural remedies for the menopause scored their sexual lives as fair, poor, or very poor. Conclusions: More than half the women aged 50 years or more in this study were not sexually active. A poorer sexual life self-perception was associated with the use of natural remedies to treat menopausal symptoms. This may indicate a need to improve the way in which these women are evaluated and treated. Women's assessment of their own sexual lives may prove a useful tool in clinical practice.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S0100-72032013000700003
Date Issue: 2013
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