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|Sexual function and sexual frequency among Chinese women in Hong Kong: Implication for public health services
|Ng, Anna Hoi Nga
Boey, Kam Weng
|Department of Community Health, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Center
|International Journal of Public Health Research
Introduction: Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is a public health problem because of its high prevalence and harmful impacts on women’s physical health, psychological well-being, and overall quality of life. The objective of this study was to identify risk factors of sexual dysfunction and assess the sexual function of Hong Kong Chinese women. Results were compared with findings on American women.
Methodology: A questionnaire survey was conducted to collect data via convenience sampling. Participants of the study (N = 1011) were women (aged 18 or above) from diverse demographic backgrounds.
Results: Sexual function of Hong Kong Chinese women was generally adequate, but significantly lower than that of American women. Women of older age (41 years old or above), lower education (primary or below), divorced, in menopause or with oophorectomy were at risk of FSD. Women at risk of FSD also exhibited a decline of sexual frequency which implicated poor quality of life.
Conclusion: With the risk factors identified, public health professionals can implement targeted health services that not only tackle the problems of FSD in good time, but also promote the quality of life of women who are distressed by the problems.
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