PREVALENCE OF SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION AND SEXUAL ATTITUDES AMONG POSTMENOPAUSAL FEMALES PATIENTS IN PHRAMONGKUTKLAO HOSPITAL
Keywords:Sexual dysfunction, Attitude, Postmenopausal women, Female sexual function index
Background: Sexual function and attitudes towards sexuality among postmenopausal women have been investigated in many ethnicities, Nonetheless, a limited number of studies have been conduected among Thai postmenopausal women.
Objective: The study aimed to determine the prevalence of sexual dysfunction and sexual attitudes among Thai postmenopausal women.
Methods: Adescriptive cross-sextional study was conducted from 1st, 2018 to 31 July 31st, 2018 at the Gynecologic Outpatient Department, Pharmingkutklao Hospital. In all, 293 postmenopausal women. aged 45 years or over were recruited in the study. The Thai version Female Sexual Function Index (Thai-FSFI) questionnaire was used to evaluate the sexual function for which scores les than 26.5 constituted sexual dysfunction. To assess attitudes, validated questionnaires were used to evaluate using scores 0-8, 9-16 and 17-24 as negative, neutral and positive, respectively.
Results: The participant mean age was 55.53 ± 5.07 years. The pravalence of sexual dysfunction was 96.59% (282/293), which was significantly higher compared with those with those with normal sexual function. Postmenopausal women with sexual dysfunction were significantly order (p<0.001), had a longer menopause period (p=0.001), had spouses at old age (p<0.001) and had underlying diseases (p=0.034) significantly more than those with normal sexual function. Regarding sexual attitudes. 52.56% had positive attitudes while 4.44% had negative attitudes.
Conclusion: Sexual dysfunction is a common problem among Thai postmenopausal women. However, most had positive sexual attitudes.
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