Sexual desire disorder in female healthcare personnel in Malaysia

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Abstract

Introduction:

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and risk factors for female sexual desire disorder (FSDD) among healthcare personnel at selected healthcare facilities in Malaysia.

Methods:

Two hundred and one female healthcare workers from three large tertiary hospitals were selected by stratified random sampling to participate in this cross-sectional study. Validated questionnaires were used to assess depression, anxiety, and sexual function in women and erectile dysfunction (ED) in their partners.

Results:

The prevalence of FSDD was 18.9%. Women with low sexual desire were more likely to have higher educational attainment (OR = 3.06; 95% CI; 1.22–7.66), lower frequency of sexual intercourse (OR = 12.81; 95% CI; 4.43–37.83), two or more children (OR = 3.05; 95% CI; 1.02–9.09), duration of marriage of 20 years or more (OR = 2.62; 95% CI; 1.27–5.40), and a spouse with ED (OR = 2.86; 95% CI; 1.08–7.56).

Discussion:

FSDD is common among female healthcare personnel in Malaysia, affecting nearly one in five women. The implication of low sexual desire is important in terms of contributing to a meaningful sexual relationship, and indirectly affects the quality of life of the healthcare personnel.

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