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Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 71-82

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Vaginal Dryness Problems Among Southeastern Women Aged 40–65 Years in Turkey

  • Sezer KısaAffiliated withDepartment of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Gazi University Email author 
  • , Nurgül ÖzdemirAffiliated withDepartment of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Gaziantep University

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The aim of this study was to investigate vaginal dryness (VD) problems among 40–65 year old married women in Southeastern Turkey and its effect on their sexuality and health. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 281 women aged 40–65 via face-to-face interview. The results of the study showed that participating women feel that they lose their sexual functions as a result of VD problems. Reported sexually related problems were as follows: decreased sexual desire was identified in 14 % of women, sexual coercion by her partner in 20.6 %, trouble receiving sexual pleasure in 54.4 %. The incidence of VD was found to be 47 %. About 8.9 % of the women stated that their partners complain about the dryness all the time, 73.6 % of the women did not take any action to improve dryness in order to facilitate sexual intercourse. Statistically significant relationships were found between a woman’s having VD and violence from her partner, sexual coercion by her partner, and decrease in sexual desire and sexual pleasure (p < 0.05). It is recommended that women who are in menopause or during transition stages be routinely assessed for VD and sexuality by nurses or physicians in a professional atmosphere in order to help relieve discomfort.


Sexual dysfunction Sexuality Vaginal dryness Women Turkey