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Predictors of Impact of Vaginal Symptoms

Identifying factors in postmenopausal women

Postmenopausal women with depression or urinary incontinence are likely to experience greater impact of vaginal symptoms that may affect everyday functioning, according to a study of 745 symptomatic participants. These findings suggest that it is essential to identify and treat these vaginal symptoms in order to improve quality of life. Study results indicated:

• Women with comorbid depression reported greater impact of vaginal symptoms.

• Women with urinary incontinence reported greater impact of vaginal symptoms on activities of everyday living.

• Frequency of sexual activity, age, partner status, general health and body mass index (BMI) predicted greater impact on a latest one domain.

Citation: Hunter MM, Nakagawa S, Van Den Eeden SK, et al. Predictors of impact of vaginal symptoms in postmenopausal women. Menopause [Published online ahead of print July 13, 2015]. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000000482.