ASPECTS OF SEXUAL LIFE IN 517 GYNECOLOGY PATIENTS
Author: Dr. Jaqueline Brendler
This study was aimed at analysing a universe of 517 women that had gynaecology appointments from January to June 1998. Sexual therapy patients and 2 children were excluded.
For symptomatic patients, the reason for the appointment were: alterations in the menstrual cycle for 22.92% of the patients, leucorrhoea for 14.61%, leucorrhoea with dyspareunia for 10.60%, sexuality-related problems for 10.31% (sexual dysfunction for 5.15%, dyspareunia for 3.15%, conflictive doubts about sexual response for 2%), suspicion of STD for 5.73%, contraceptive re-orientation for 4.58%, climacteric for 4.29%, investigation about infertility for 2.86%, first contraceptive orientation for 2.75%, suspicion of cancer for 0.57%, and other reasons for 16.33%.
Predominant age groups in patients who had a problem were: 33.52% at 21-30; 25.21% at 31-40; and 18.33% at 16-20, being the same when the complaint was sex-related.
Considering the group as a whole, the first sexual relation occurred at a higher percentage at the age of 18 (20.83% of the sample), followed by the age of 17 (11.66%). If we analyse patients of up to 20 years of age, sexarche had occurred in 56% from 15-18; and in 38.66% from 15-16; being variable from 13-20. For women between 31-40 years of age, sexarche occurred for 19.84% at 18, and at 23 for 12.97%.
Menarche occurred at 12 for 28.62% of women, followed by the age of 13, with an incidence of 26.27%, and varying between 9-18. In the group age up to 20, menarche occurred at 12 for 30.48%, and at 13 for 25.60%.
Conclusion: In this private clinic, with this sample, sexuality and its repercussions represent 26.64% of complaints.
Abstract Book of 6th Brazilian Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Childhood and Adolescence, August 17-19, 2000, Porto Alegre, Brazil, page 45.