The frequency of sexual problems among family practice patients

Fam Pract Res J. 1988 Spring;7(3):122-34.


Two hundred-twelve patients attending a family practice center participated in a questionnaire study of their sexual identity and function. Using conservative definitions of problems, 75% were identified as having at least one specific sexual problem area. Most of these problems were functional in nature and involved desire, arousal, or orgasm. While the frequency of sexual problems was high in both sexes among all age groups, identity problems were primarily seen among the young, and desire problems among older adults. The prevalence rate of reporting sexual problems did not differ significantly by sex. However, females reported more specific sexual problems than males. Only 26% of the subjects summarized their overall sexual lives as problematic and the vast majority of patients thought their family physicians were able to help with such problems. This study reaffirms the high prevalence of sexual disorders in the population. Given adequate training, family physicians may be the ideal providers of assistance for these problems.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Family Practice*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / classification
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / epidemiology*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / psychology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / classification
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / epidemiology*
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires