Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 225–234 | Cite as

Perimenopausal sexuality

  • Winnifred Berg Cutler
  • Celso Ramon Garcia
  • Norma McCoy


This report covers (i) the results of an interview survey concerning sexual responses of 124 women during the perimenopause (menopause transition), and (ii) the results of 52 women's prospective coital behavior records over 3 months with concomitant steroid analysis. Results indicated that (i) in general, the age group centering around 49 years appears not to be suffering from a particular sexual deficit in the dimensions of desire, response, or satisfaction in their sexul life, and (ii) a subset of women with especially low estradiol levels (< 35 mg/pl) tends to have reduced coital activity.

Key words

menopause sexuality premenopausal transition female sexuality estrogens 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Winnifred Berg Cutler
    • 3
  • Celso Ramon Garcia
    • 1
  • Norma McCoy
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyHospital of the University of PensylvanniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Athena Institute for Women's Wellness ResearchNaverfordUSA

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