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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: The Prevalence of the Components of Low Sexual Function and Associated Factors in Middle-Aged Women
Author: Valadares, ALR
Pinto-Neto, AM
de Souza, MH
Osis, MJD
Paiva, LHSD
Abstract: Introduction. Female sexual function depends on biological, psychological, and sociocultural contexts. Aim. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the prevalence of low levels of functioning in each of the sexual function domains (desire, arousal, and orgasm) and the factors associated with these phenomena, as well as to assess the frequency of sexual activity in this same sample population. Methods. A cross-sectional, population-based study was conducted using an anonymous self-response questionnaire completed by 378 Brazilian-born women of 40-65 years of age with 11 years or more of formal education. The evaluation instrument was based on the Short Personal Experiences Questionnaire. Results. The prevalence of low sexual desire was 60.6%; low arousal, 37%; and low orgasmic function, 31.1%. Multiple regression analysis showed that having a sexual partner (prevalence ratio [PR] = 0.69, confidence interval [CI] = 0.53-0.90) and nervousness (PR = 1.33, CI = 1.01-1.75) were factors associated with low sexual desire. Aging (PR = 1.04, CI = 1.02-1.06), having a sexual partner (PR = 0.57, CI = 0.41-0.81), feeling well/excellent (PR = 0.59, CI = 0.41-0.85), and having hot flashes (PR = 1.47, CI = 1.01 = 2.15) were factors found to be associated with low sexual arousal. Having a sexual partner (PR = 0.55, CI = 0.42-0.71), feeling well/excellent (PR = 0.68, CI = 0.49-0.94), and having hot flashes (PR = 2.08, CI = 1.43 = 3.04) were factors found to be associated with low sexual orgasmic function. Having a sexual partner (PR = 0.47, CI = 0.38-0.58), feeling well/excellent (PR = 0.78, CI = 0.69-0.89), and having hot flashes (PR = 1.15, CI = 1.05-1.26) were factors found to be associated with a frequency of sexual activity of once a week or less. Conclusions. In this sample of middle-aged women, low sexual desire was the most prevalent sexual problem. These results highlight the importance of identifying and treating factors associated with each individual component of low female sexual function. Valadares ALR, Pinto-Neto AM, de Souza MH, Osis MJD, and da Costa Paiva LHS. The prevalence of the components of low sexual function and associated factors in middle-aged women. J Sex Med 2011; 8: 2851-2858.
Subject: Low Sexual Function
Sexual Partner
Country: EUA
Editor: Wiley-blackwell
Citation: Journal Of Sexual Medicine. Wiley-blackwell, v. 8, n. 10, n. 2851, n. 2858, 2011.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02405.x
Date Issue: 2011
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