Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 229–238 | Cite as

An Exploration of Sexual Desire and Sexual Activities of Women with Psychosis

  • Philippe HugueletEmail author
  • Sylvia Mohr
  • Céline Miserez
  • Patrizia Castellano
  • Christian Lutz
  • Maria Boucherie
  • Michal Yaron
  • Nader Perroud
  • Francesco Bianchi Demicheli
Original Paper


Sexual disturbances in patients with severe mental disorders can be related to medication, to psychological issues such as self-stigma and anhedonia, but also to the social context. This research aims to gain knowledge of desire and sexual practices in women suffering from schizophrenia. Women outpatients suffering from schizophrenia were compared with healthy women. Contrary to previous research, women with schizophrenia featured dyadic and individual desire similar to women of comparable age. Yet, only half of women with psychosis had sexual practice, either alone or with a partner. They were less satisfied with their activity, both in terms of function and psychological issues such as sexual self-esteem. Keeping into account the fact that most clinicians avoid this topic, this finding underscores the stigmatization these women suffer from, which prevents the opportunity of a possible improvement in this important interpersonal domain.


Psychosis Schizophrenia Women Sexual desire Sexual function 


Conflict of interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philippe Huguelet
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sylvia Mohr
    • 1
  • Céline Miserez
    • 1
  • Patrizia Castellano
    • 1
  • Christian Lutz
    • 1
  • Maria Boucherie
    • 1
  • Michal Yaron
    • 2
  • Nader Perroud
    • 1
  • Francesco Bianchi Demicheli
    • 2
  1. 1.Service of General Psychiatry, Department of Mental Health and PsychiatryUniversity Hospitals of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Psychosomatic Gynecology, Department of GynecologyUniversity Hospitals of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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