INCIDENCE AND PROFILE OF COUPLES IN WHICH BOTH PARTNERS HAVE A SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION
Author: Dr. Jaqueline Brendler
This is a retrospective study which looks to verify the incidence of couples in which both people are dysfunctional and at their profile within a sample of 316 consecutive people who sought sexual therapy at a private clinic.
In the 75 cases analyzed, the main diagnosis in the women was 42.66% hypoactive sexual desire, in 26.66% orgasmic disorder, in 20% vaginismus, in 8% generalized sexual desire inhibition and in 1.3% sexual excitement disorder and hyperactive sexual desire. In the men, premature ejaculation was found in 49.33% of them, erectile dysfunction in 33.33%, hypoactive sexual desire in 10.66%, delayed ejaculation in 5.33% and 1.33% presented difficulties with their sexual orientation.
The women with hypoactive sexual desire and their partners were those who presented the highest average age, being 38 years and 7 months and 40 years and one month, respectively. This couple also had the longest average relationship, which was 13 years and 6 months.
The women who suffered from vaginismus and their partners, had the lowest average age, 25 years and 6 months and 29 years and 6 months respectively.
Attempts at complete sexual initiation were on average, from the highest age of all groups, 22 years for women and 21 years and 3 months for the men. This couple had the lowest average length of relationship, which was 6 years and 10 months.
The lowest average length of existence of a sexual problem, 3 years and 7 months, was found in a couple in which the woman had generalized sexual inhibition.
Conclusions: the couples in which both were sexually dysfunctional represented 23.73% % of the total. The first and the second most frequently diagnosed sexual dysfunction was, in 42.66% of the women, hypoactive sexual desire and in 26.66% orgasmic disorder, respectively. In 49.33% of the men, was premature ejaculation and in 33.33% was found erectile dysfunction.
16 th World Congress of Sexology, Abstracts Book, page 81, March 10-14, 2003, Cuba.