Women Have More Sexual Difficulties Than Single Women Or Married Men
reports sexual function problems? Empirical evidence from Britain’s 2000
National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles Sex.
women are more likely to have sexual difficulties than either single women or
married men, suggest the findings of a national survey in Sexually Transmitted
nationally representative survey (Natsal 2000) involved over 11,000 men and
women between the ages of 16 and 44, who were asked about their sex lives
between 1999 and 2001.
age was associated with reporting sex life problems for both men and women, but
otherwise there were considerable differences between the sexes.
were significantly more likely than men to say that they had experienced a
short or longer term problem with their sex lives over the past year.
married or cohabiting men were significantly less likely to say they had sexual
problems than single men, the reverse was true for women.
women were significantly more likely to report a problem with their sex lives
than single women, as were mothers with young children at home.
who drank more than the recommended weekly units of alcohol, or who had had a
sexually transmitted infection within the previous five years, were also more
likely to report problems with their sex lives.
the quality of the first sexual experience was also identified as important for
both men and women, with those reporting a poor first experience more likely to
report subsequent problems.
responses also revealed the importance of good communication. Men and women who
felt they could not talk to their partner about sex were around twice as likely
to report problems with their sex lives.
authors of an accompanying editorial comment: "Despite its prevalence, sexual
dysfunction is often endured in silence." And they go on to say that studies
suggest that as many as 54% of women and 35% of men have problems, but fewer
than 11% of men and 21% of women seek help.