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29.10.2018 | Female Sexual Dysfunction and Disorders (T Lorenz and R Nappi, Section Editors) | Ausgabe 4/2018

Current Sexual Health Reports 4/2018

Sexual Desire in Women According to Reproductive Milestones

Zeitschrift:
Current Sexual Health Reports > Ausgabe 4/2018
Autor:
Erika L. Kelley
Wichtige Hinweise
This article is part of the Topical Collection on Female Sexual Dysfunction and Disorders

Abstract

Purpose of Review

This was a selective review of the recent (i.e., past 5 years) literature on female sexual desire according to reproductive milestones (adolescence, puerperium, and menopause), framed within a biopsychosocial model.

Recent Findings

Scant recent research has focused on adolescence, though evidence suggests cognitive capacities for motivation for sexual behavior similar to adults. Research on the puerperium provides further evidence of temporary declines in desire and tested differences according to characteristics of delivery. Most recent research has focused on menopause including identification of biological mechanisms behind desire and demonstration of short-term efficacy of hormonal therapies for decreased desire.

Summary

Conclusions about desire according to reproductive milestones continue to be limited by variations in methodology and sample characteristics. Future studies using preclinical animal models, novel imaging techniques, and genetics-based studies to better understand the biologic underpinnings of inhibitory and excitatory processes driving (low) sexual desire are warranted. Studies should also further consider psychosocial variables (e.g., sexual fluidity, partner’s desire, and perceptions of role transitions) in understanding (low) desire during these milestones.

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