Association of age with sexual dysfunctions in gynecological patients of reproductive age

Ieva Briedīte, Gunta Ancāne, Irēna Rogovska

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Sexuality is an integral part of human expressions regardless of age. Female sexual dysfunction is highly prevalent, occurring in 25%–63% of women of all ages, but the prevalence tends to increase with age. Since sexual dysfunction affects a significant number of female patients, sexual dysfunction could be diagnosed during annual physical exams or gynecology related visits, however studies indicate that doctors are unlikely to ask about their patient’s sexual function or offer appropriate advice, and that people tend to be reluctant to seek medical help.
Aim of the study was to assess possible relation of age of gynecological patients to prevalence of various forms of female sexual dysfunction. FSFQ28 patient inquiry form was used to evaluate eight main fields of female sexual function. As a result, it was concluded that, although rates of patients’ sexual function in most of the domains decline with age, female sexual dysfunctions are widespread in all age groups. Health care providers should refrain from holding preconceived notions based on age, gender or any other factors that might lead them to assume that sex is not an important health issue for their patient.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRīga Stradiņš University Collection of Scientific Papers 2013
Subtitle of host publicationResearch articles in medicine & pharmacy
Place of PublicationRīga
PublisherRīga Stradiņš University
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-9984-793-43-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameCollection of Scientific Papers
PublisherRiga Stradins University
ISSN (Print)1691-497X


  • sexual dysfunctions, gynecology, female sexuality, aging and sexuality

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine
  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.2. Articles or chapters in other proceedings other than those included in 3.1., with an ISBN or ISSN code


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