Frequency of sexual dysfunctions among Roman Catholic women

Fam Pract. 1989 Mar;6(1):16-8. doi: 10.1093/fampra/6.1.16.


The frequency and type of sexual dysfunctions in healthy and sexually active Roman Catholic church-goers was compared with non-church-goers. All the women had had a steady psychosexual relationship with only one partner for at least one year. The sexual dysfunctions investigated were related only to vaginal intercourse. Although there is no significant difference in the frequency and type of sexual dysfunctions, the Roman Catholic church-goers more frequently complained of unsatisfying sexual relationships (P less than 0.05) or were requested by their partner on a change in their own sexual behaviour (P less than 0.05). The possible correlations between religiosity and sexual health are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Catholicism*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Religion and Medicine*
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / epidemiology*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / psychology