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On Conditions of Swedish Women’s Sexual Well-Being: An Epidemiological Approach
Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience.
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Objectives: This descriptive epidemiological dissertation aims to identify conditions of Swedish women’s sexual well-being. The focus is on the relationship between their idiosyncratically reported levels, during the last 12 months, of 5 sexual functions/dysfunctions per se and distressing and their socio-psychological situation, including aspects of their sexual history. Levels of sexual functions/dysfunctions are also related to levels of sexual satisfaction and to other aspects of life satisfaction.

Methods: Data on a randomized cross-sectional national sample of 1335 women aged 18-74 (59% of target sample) were gathered in 1996 using a combination of structured interviews and questionnaires/checklists. Analyses were performed for the total sample or for sub-samples aged 18-65 years. In 3 of the 4 dissertational articles, trichotomies of a 6-grade scale characterizing level of sexual dysfunctions into No/Mild/Manifest dysfunction were used.

Main results: Mild sexual dysfunctions were, generally, much more common than were manifest, and dysfunctional distress was considerably less common than were dysfunctions per se. All dysfunctions, and in particular orgasmic dysfunction, were closely associated with level of sexual well-being. Four factors independently pair-wise linking levels of dysfunctions per se with levels of distressful dysfunction were identified. These were Sexual interest/Desire, Genital function (lubrication and dyspareunia), Orgasm, Vaginismus. Three of these (not vaginismus) were powerful classificators of gross level of sexual well-being. Many of socio-demographic and socio-psychological contextual life-conditions were significantly associated with the different sexual functions/dysfunctions. However, the most prominent contextual variables were satisfaction with partner relationship and partner’s levels of sexual functions.

In conclusion, many different socio-psychological aspects must be taken into account to optimize treatment modalities and resources when dealing with women’s sexual dysfunction in order to secure a good level of sexual well-being.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2005. , p. 60
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 51
Keywords [en]
Clinical sexology, Women, Sexual dysfunctions, Sexual abuse, Life satisfaction, Epidemiology
Keywords [sv]
Klinisk sexologi
National Category
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-5843ISBN: 91-554-6281-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-5843DiVA, id: diva2:166600
Public defence
2005-09-02, Grönwall salen, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Ingång 70, Uppsala, 13:15
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Available from: 2005-05-18 Created: 2005-05-18Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. On sexual well-being in sexually abused Swedish women: epidemiological aspects.
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2002 In: Sexual and Relationship Therapy, ISSN 1468-1994, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 329-341Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93192 (URN)
Available from: 2005-05-18 Created: 2005-05-18Bibliographically approved
2. On categorization and quantification of women's sexual dysfunctions: An epidemiological approach.
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2004 In: International Journal of Impotence Research, ISSN 0955-9930, Vol. 16, p. 261-269Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93193 (URN)
Available from: 2005-05-18 Created: 2005-05-18Bibliographically approved
3. On Swedish women's distressing sexual dysfunctions: Some concomitant conditions and life satisfaction.
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2005 In: Journal of Sexual Medicine, Vol. 2, p. 160-180Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93194 (URN)
Available from: 2005-05-18 Created: 2005-05-18Bibliographically approved
4. On orgasm, sexual behavior and erotic perceptions in 18-74 year-old Swedish women.
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93195 (URN)
Available from: 2005-05-18 Created: 2005-05-18 Last updated: 2010-01-13Bibliographically approved

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