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Epidemiology of FSD

Epidemiology of Sexual Dysfunction in Women

Sexual dysfunction is more prevalent in women than men overall. Studies have found that about 40% of women and 30% of men have one or more sexual problems in the past year. Less than 10% of these problems are typically brought to the attention of a physician or other health care provider.

The epidemiology of sexual dysfunction in women (female sexual dysfunction or FSD) is best understood on data from a population based study. The National Health and Social Life Survey found a high overall prevalence of FSD (43%) in US women ages 18-59.

Low desire was reported by 22%, arousal problems by 14%, and sexual pain by 7%.

The prevalence of dyspareunia among women with partners was 15.5%, and trouble lubricating was experienced by about 21%.

In general sexual dysfunction (FSD) was more common among younger women; the one exception was trouble with lubrication.

Younger age was a significant predictor for pain during sex, lack of pleasure, and anxiety about performance.

Women with a lower level of education were also more likely to experience pain during sex.

Arousal disorder (FSAD) was higher among women with a urinary tract symptom, emotional problems or stress, infrequent thoughts about sex, and a history of being sexually touched before puberty and sexually forced by a man ever.

Sexual pain was increased in women with a urinary tract symptom, and emotional problems or stress, and among those reporting poor to fair health, and a 20% decrease in household income.

Low physical and emotional satisfaction and low general happiness were significant correlates of all three sexual dysfunction categories: low desire, arousal disorder and sexual pain.

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