Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 189–195

Prevalence and risk factors of sexual dysfunction in men and women

  • Raymond C. Rosen

DOI: 10.1007/s11920-996-0006-2

Cite this article as:
Rosen, R.C. Curr Psychiatry Rep (2000) 2: 189. doi:10.1007/s11920-996-0006-2


Sexual dysfunctions are highly prevalent, affecting about 43% of women and 31% of men. Hypoactive sexual desire disorder has been reported in approximately 30% of women and 15% of men in population-based studies, and is associated with a wide variety of medical and psychologic causes. Sexual arousal disorders, including erectile dysfunction in men and female sexual arousal disorder in women, are found in 10% to 20% of men and women, and is strongly age-related in men. Orgasmic disorder is relatively common in women, affecting about 10% to 15% in community-based studies. In contrast, premature ejaculation is the most common sexual complaint of men, with a reporting rate of approximately 30% in most studies. Finally, sexual pain disorders have been reported in 10% to 15% of women and less than 5% of men. In addition to their widespread prevalence, sexual dysfunctions have been found to impact significantly on interpersonal functioning and overall quality of life in both men and women.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond C. Rosen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolPiscatawayUSA

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