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Epidemiology of female sexual dysfunction

Palacios S. CastaƱo R. Graziottin A.
Epidemiology of female sexual dysfunction
Maturitas 63, 2, 2009, Special issue on "Female sexual dysfunctions in the office: tools to meet the challenge", p. 119-123

The prevalence of female sexual problems is around 40% and even higher in postmenopausal women. The most common disorder in North American and European women is sexual desire disorder. The prevalence of this disorder is related to age, ethnicity and surgical menopause. Collecting data on sexual arousal, orgasmic and pain sexual disorder is difficult. Organic disorders affect approximately 19% to 29% of women, dyspareunia affects 15% to 25% of sexually active women and vaginismus affects 6%. 12% to 22% of women have some type of distressing sexual problem.
There are numerous medical risk factors with a high prevalence of female sexual dysfunction: physical diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chronic rheumatic diseases; mental diseases, the most common of which is depression and its treatment; and gynecological diseases such as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, hysterectomy and breast and gynecological cancer.


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