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Study Addresses Psychological Aspects of Female Sexual Problems

Sep 19, 2017

The researchers found that the psychological factors played a role in all three sexual outcomes.

Orgasm, sexual pain, sexual quality of life, and frequency of partnered sexual activity were the most influenced. Desire, arousal, lubrication, and frequency of solitary sexual activity were affected “to a lesser degree,” the authors wrote.

“[Anxiety sensitivity] and [emotion regulation] directly influenced psychological distress and indirectly influenced sexual functioning, sexual quality of life, and frequency of sexual activity,” they added.

The findings could help healthcare providers guide women into new ways of thinking during sex. For example, a woman who feels upset about her increasing heartbeat may learn to recognize that it is a normal part of sexual arousal and not something to worry about.

“By recognizing that mental and sexual health are closely related, it is possible that health professionals across domains could approach a more accurate and comprehensive picture of women’s sexual experiences,” the authors concluded.


The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Tutino, Jessica S. BA (Hons), et al.

“How Do Psychological Risk Factors Predict Sexual Outcomes? A Comparison of Four Models of Young Women’s Sexual Outcomes”

(Full-text. Published online: August 19, 2017)

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