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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 25, No. 1, 2007, pp. 101-106
Bioline Code: hn07013
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2007, pp. 101-106

 en Sexual Dysfunction Among Female Patients of Reproductive Age in a Hospital Setting in Nigeria
Fajewonyomi, Benjamin A.; Orji, Ernest O. & Adeyemo, Adenike O.


Although sexual dysfunction is an important public-health problem in Nigeria, little research has been conducted on this topic in Nigeria. This cross-sectional study was conducted to determine the prevalence of sexual dysfunction and their correlates among female patients of reproductive age using a question-naire. Respondents were recruited from the out-patients clinics of a teaching hospital setting in Ile-Ife/ Ijesa administrative health zone, Osun State, Nigeria. Of 384 female patients interviewed, 242 (63%) were sexually dysfunctional. Types of sexual dysfunction included disorder of desire (n=20; 8.3%), disor-derofarousal(n=13;5.4%),disorderoforgasm(n=154;63.6%),andpainfulcoitus(dyspareunia)(n=55; 22.7%). The peak age of sexual dysfunction was observed among the age-group of 26-30 years. Women with higher educational status were mostly affected. The reasons for unsatisfactory sexual life mainly in-cluded psychosexual factors and medical illnesses, among which included uncaring partners, present illness, excessive domestic duties, lack of adequate foreplay, present medication, competition among wives in a polygamous family setting, previous sexual abuse, and guilt-feeling of previous pregnancy termination among infertile women. The culture of male dominance in the local environment which makes women afraid of rejection and threats of divorce if they ever complain about sexually-related matters might perpetrate sexual dysfunction among the affected individuals. Sexual dysfunction is a real social and psychological problem in the local environment demanding urgent attention. It is imperative to carry out further research in society at large so that the health and lifestyles of affected women and their partners could be improved.

Sexual dysfunction; Sexuality; Cross-sectional studies; Nigeria

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