Amanda Davey

A group of US researchers have backed the idea that post menopausal women should have sex at least once a week.

Their study confirms previous research that shows older women who are sexually active experience fewer troublesome vulvovaginal symptoms than women who don't have sex.

It is thought that regular vaginal sexual activity through menopause keeps vaginal tissue thick and moist and maintains the vagina’s length and width.

In their analysis, the researchers show women who also had depression in addition to their symptoms, report 11-22% greater impact of the vaginal symptoms than those who aren’t  depressed.

Women with also had urinary incontinence report a 27-37% greater impact of vaginal symptoms on multiple domains of functioning and quality of life.

Age, partner status, frequency of sexual activity, general health, and body mass index (BMI) also predict greater impact on at least one domain.

Writing in the journal Menopause, the researchers say their study of 745 postmenopausal women shows that depression and urinary incontinence magnifies the effects of vulvovaginal symptoms on women’s activities, feelings and relationships.

Last Reviewed: 20/07/2015



Hunter MM, et al. Predictors of impact of vaginal symptoms in post menopausal women. Menopause 2015.