Sexual Function and Dysfunction in Older Women: the Implications for Old Age Psychiatry. A Review of Recent Literature

Dr Alison Wood

In Old Age Psychiatry, patients' illnesses as well as their treatments can have a considerable impact on their sexual functioning. This review aims to examine this topic in the context of Old Age Psychiatry. A review of recent literature was carried out through 'Healthcare Databases Advanced Search' via Athens, on the NHS Health Information Resources Website. We accessed “MEDLINE” and “PsycINFO” databases. Mental health problems in old age adversely affect women's sexual lives. In particular, depression and its treatment can diminish sexual functioning. Dementia can be very challenging within a close sexual relationship. Antipsychotic treatments can impair functioning. Increasing numbers of patients are developing also diabetes.

 

Recorded in June 2011 at the 20th WAS World Congress for Sexual Health 
Forging the Future: Sexual Health for the 21st Century, Glasgow, UK.  
The World Association Of Sexual Health

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Dr Alison Wood

ST4, North Trent Rotational Training Scheme in Old Age Psychiatry, Beighton Hospital, Sheffield.

Co-authors: Ross Runciman1, K. Wylie1; 1- Porterbrook Clinic, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.
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