How common are sexual problems in women?

A sexual problem is a decrease in or lack of sexual satisfaction. By definition, a sexual problem is distressing to a woman and/or her relationship with a partner. (What is distressing to one woman may not be a concern for another woman.)

Most women are troubled by a sexual problem at one time or another. For some women, it can be a long-term problem. Surveys of the general population in the United States found that many women occasionally have sexual problems and worries, including:1

  • Concerns about sexuality (6 out of 10 women).
  • Lack of interest in sex (3 out of 10 women).
  • Sex not always being pleasurable (2 out of 10 women).
  • Pain with intercourse (1 to 2 out of 10 women).
  • Difficulty becoming aroused (5 out of 10 women).
  • Difficulty reaching orgasm (5 out of 10 women).
  • Not being able to have an orgasm (2 to 3 out of 10 women).

Citations

  1. Baram DA (2007). Sexuality, sexual dysfunction, and sexual assault. In JS Berek, ed., Novak's Gynecology, 14th ed., pp. 313–349. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Last Updated: March 11, 2008

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