A GP guide to talking about female sexual dysfunction

Postmenopausal women are at high risk of sexual dysfunction, but most don’t actively seek their GP’s advice

After menopause, many women experience a drop in their libido. This can be accompanied by orgasmic dysfunction, with or without pain, due to vulvovaginal atrophy.

postmenopausal woman

These changes in sexual wellbeing are often associated with significant personal and relationship distress.

However, healthy sexual wellbeing at midlife can enhance overall health and improve longevity.  

Low libido that causes distress is a hallmark of female sexual dysfunction. 

Female sexual dysfunction is prevalent in Australian postmenopausal women,