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Arterial hypertension and female sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women
P. De Franciscis1, G. Mainini1,*, E.M. Messalli1, C. Trotta1, A. Luisi1, E. Laudando1, G. Marino G. Della Puca1, F.V. Cerreto1, M. Torella1
1 Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences - Second University of Naples, Naples (Italy)
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2013, 40(1), 58–60;
Published: 10 March 2013
Purpose: To evaluate female sexual dysfunction in hypertensive postmenopausal women and the effects of antihypertensive therapy. Materials and Methods: Female sexual dysfunction was assessed by the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) in three groups of postmenopausal patients: normotensive women (group A: 240 women), hypertensive women without therapy (group B: 220 women), hypertensive women on therapy (group C: 80 women). Results: The incidence of female sexual dysfunction was increased in group B compared to groups A and C. Healthy patients showed higher FSFI scores compared to hypertensive patients (groups B and C). Hypertensive-treated patients accounted for higher scores in all items compared to hypertensive patients without therapy. Conclusions: Essential hypertension significantly affects female sexual function. Physicians should recognize and properly manage FSD in hypertensivewomen.
Female sexual dysfunction