Female Sexual Dysfunction: Impact of the Life Cycle (Pregnancy, Children, and Aging)
Various life events can contribute to changes in sexual function for women and their partners. Three major events, pregnancy, life with children, and aging, are the topic of this chapter. Each of these events can alter the way in which sexual interaction is experienced before any occur. The onset of sexual dysfunction can be the result of these life circumstance changes because of physical or psychosocial components. However, not all women experience changes significant enough to warrant intervention, and many will traverse these changes smoothly and without problems. Women who are prepared for the normal changes that do take place are more likely to have no difficulty at all. On the other hand, women with preexisting psychosocial difficulties will have more challenging transitions. Health-care providers can help patients with the transitions by discussing the likely impact of each event with them prior to their occurrence.