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Sexual problems and help-seeking behaviour in adults in the United Kingdom and continental Europe.
BJU Int. 2008 Apr; 101(8):1005-11.BI

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

To study sexual activity, the prevalence of sexual dysfunction, and related help-seeking behaviour patterns among middle-aged and older people in the UK and Europe.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS

A telephone survey was conducted using a structured questionnaire covering demographics, health, relationships, and sexual behaviour, attitudes and beliefs. In the UK, 1500 individuals completed the survey.

RESULTS

Overall, 69% of men and 56% of women reported having sexual intercourse during the past year. The most common male sexual problems, i.e. early ejaculation (20%) and erectile dysfunction (18%), were more common in the UK than in other European regions. The most common female sexual problems, i.e. a lack of sexual interest (34%) and a lack of pleasure in sex (25%), were also more common in the UK than in other European regions. Only 26% of men and 17% of women had discussed their sexual problem(s) with a doctor.

CONCLUSION

Many people in the UK maintain sexual interest and activity into middle age and beyond. Although they experience sexual problems, few seek medical help. This might be because they do not perceive such problems as serious or sufficiently upsetting, and/or are not aware of available treatments.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Gonçalo Moniz Research Center, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Salvador, Brazil. edson@cpqgm.fiocruz.brNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Multicenter Study
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18261155

Citation

Moreira, Edson D., et al. "Sexual Problems and Help-seeking Behaviour in Adults in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe." BJU International, vol. 101, no. 8, 2008, pp. 1005-11.
Moreira ED, Glasser DB, Nicolosi A, et al. Sexual problems and help-seeking behaviour in adults in the United Kingdom and continental Europe. BJU Int. 2008;101(8):1005-11.
Moreira, E. D., Glasser, D. B., Nicolosi, A., Duarte, F. G., & Gingell, C. (2008). Sexual problems and help-seeking behaviour in adults in the United Kingdom and continental Europe. BJU International, 101(8), 1005-11. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1464-410X.2008.07453.x
Moreira ED, et al. Sexual Problems and Help-seeking Behaviour in Adults in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. BJU Int. 2008;101(8):1005-11. PubMed PMID: 18261155.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Sexual problems and help-seeking behaviour in adults in the United Kingdom and continental Europe. AU - Moreira,Edson D, AU - Glasser,Dale B, AU - Nicolosi,Alfredo, AU - Duarte,Fernanda G, AU - Gingell,Clive, AU - ,, Y1 - 2008/02/05/ PY - 2008/2/12/pubmed PY - 2008/4/25/medline PY - 2008/2/12/entrez SP - 1005 EP - 11 JF - BJU international JO - BJU Int VL - 101 IS - 8 N2 - OBJECTIVES: To study sexual activity, the prevalence of sexual dysfunction, and related help-seeking behaviour patterns among middle-aged and older people in the UK and Europe. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A telephone survey was conducted using a structured questionnaire covering demographics, health, relationships, and sexual behaviour, attitudes and beliefs. In the UK, 1500 individuals completed the survey. RESULTS: Overall, 69% of men and 56% of women reported having sexual intercourse during the past year. The most common male sexual problems, i.e. early ejaculation (20%) and erectile dysfunction (18%), were more common in the UK than in other European regions. The most common female sexual problems, i.e. a lack of sexual interest (34%) and a lack of pleasure in sex (25%), were also more common in the UK than in other European regions. Only 26% of men and 17% of women had discussed their sexual problem(s) with a doctor. CONCLUSION: Many people in the UK maintain sexual interest and activity into middle age and beyond. Although they experience sexual problems, few seek medical help. This might be because they do not perceive such problems as serious or sufficiently upsetting, and/or are not aware of available treatments. SN - 1464-410X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18261155/Sexual_problems_and_help_seeking_behaviour_in_adults_in_the_United_Kingdom_and_continental_Europe_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1464-410X.2008.07453.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -