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|Title: ||Incidence of sexual dysfunction: a prospective survey in Ghanaian females|
|Authors: ||Amidu, Nafiu|
Owiredu, William KBA
|Issue Date: ||Dec-2010|
|Publisher: ||BioMed Central|
|Citation: ||Department of Medical Laboratory Technology, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana Full list of author information is available at the end of the article|
|Abstract: ||Background: Sexuality is a complex phenomenon that is being influenced by psychological as well as
physiological factors. Its dysfunction includes desire, arousal, orgasmic and sex pain disorders. The present study
aimed to assess the incidence of sexual dysfunction (SD) and related risk factors in a cohort of Ghanaian women.
Method: The Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction (GRISS) was administered to 400 healthy women
between 18 and 58 years old (mean +/- SD: 30.1 +/- 7.9) domiciled in the Kumasi metropolis.
Results: The response rate was 75.3% after 99 were excluded. Of the remaining 301 women, 50% were engaged in
exercise, 26.7% indulge in alcoholic beverages and only 2% were smokers. A total of 62.1% of the women had
attained high education, whilst, 28.9% were married. After logistic regression analysis, alcohol emerged (OR: 2.0; CI:
1.0 - 3.8; p = 0.04) as the main risk factor for SD. The overall prevalence of SD in these subjects was 72.8%. Severe
difficulties with sexual function were identified in 3.3% of the studied population. The most prevalent areas of
difficulty were anorgasmia (72.4%), sexual infrequency (71.4%), dissatisfaction (77.7%), vaginismus (68.1%), avoidance
of sexual intercourse (62.5%), non-sensuality (61.5%) and non-communication (54.2%). Whereas 8% had severe
difficulties with anorgasmia, only 6% had severe difficulties with vaginismus.
Conclusion: SD affects more than 70% of Ghanaian women who are sexually active. Alcohol significantly
influences sexual activity.|
|Description: ||An article published by BioMed Central|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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