Aging: women sexual activity, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence

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Grażyna Jarząbek-Bielecka, Joanna Buks, Joanna Witkowska, Maciej Wilczak, Magdalena Pisarska-Krawczyk, Witold Kędzia, Michał Pawlaczyk, Zbigniew Friebe, Magdalena Wróbel, Małgorzata Mizgier

1 (38) 2014 s. 25–28
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Fraza do cytowania: Jarząbek-Bielecka G., Buks J., Witkowska J., Wilczak M., Pisarska-Krawczyk M., Kędzia W., Pawlaczyk M., Friebe Z., Wróbel M., Mizgier M. Aging: women sexual activity, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. Polski Przegląd Nauk o Zdrowiu. 2014;1(38):25–28.

Sex and aging are topics most older women do not want to talk about. The most obvious changes in a woman’s body as she ages come with climacterium. During climacterium, decreasing estrogen levels cause physical changes that may impact sexual function. As a result of hormonal changes, menopausal women retain body fluids much more easily and experience mastalgia – painful breast swelling; it is accompanied by flatulence and swelling as another common symptom of climacterium, strongly reducing libido. Some women also complain about pain, especially within the lumbosacral spine, ostealgia and myalgia as well as migraines, dry skin and the appearance of wrinkles. Not all of the above symptoms are directly associated with menopause. Some of them can occur as a result of other circumstances, e.g. stress connected with, among other things, their life situation, or their primary disease. Climacterium brings a variety of physical and psychological changes that can have an impact on sexual performance and pleasure. Sex and aging are topics most older women do not want to talk about. Sexual activity is a natural and important part of a healthy lifestyle, no matter what women or men age. Although the amount of sexual activity generally declines with age, sexual interest and ability can remain fairly constant if not disturbed by such common problems like pelvic organ prolapse very often connected with urinary incontinence.

Key words: women, sexual activity, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence.



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