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Sexual desire and orgasmic disorders in female medical students: preliminary results

Annals of General Psychiatry
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DOI: 10.1186/1744-859x-9-s1-s176
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Sexual desire and orgasmic disorders in female medical students: preliminary results MEETING ABSTRACT Open Access Sexual desire and orgasmic disorders in female medical students: preliminary results Fotini Ferenidou*, Nikolaos Vaidakis From 1st International Congress on Neurobiology and Clinical Psychopharmacology and European Psychiatric Association Conference on Treatment Guidance Thessaloniki, Greece. 19-22 November 2009 Background Female sexual problems are age related, progressive and highly prevalent affecting up to 43% of women [1,2]. Reduced sexual desire disorder and orgasmic disorders are amongst the most frequent female sexual disorders [1,3]. Materials and methods The study population included 129 female medical stu- dents of the University of Athens, during the academic year 2008-2009. The participants were asked to com- plete voluntarily and anonymously a self - administered questionnaire which included demographic data and a short questionnaire regarding reduced sexual desire and orgasmic difficulties. Results Mean women’s age was 24 years. More than half of them (58.1%) were in a stable relationship, while the majority of them (84.4%) had sexual activity during the last year. Regarding sexual interest, 66.7% didn’t have any difficulties during the last three months, while nearly one third of the women (27%) seem to face some orgasmic difficulties. 39% of the participants believe that women should reach an orgasm in every sexual inter- course and 30.3% admit to sometimes pretend reaching an orgasm. Finally, the majority of women are very or quite satisfied with their sexual life (74.8%), their emotional closeness with their partner (78%) and more than half of them (78.2%) consider sex an important dimension of their total life satisfaction. Conclusions Low sexual desire doesn’t seem to be a problem for this group of young women. Orgasmic disorders in this sample are similar to the percentages found by previous studies. Interestingly enough, one third of the part

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