Prevalence of female sexual problems and effecting factors in Zonguldak province

Ozturk U. A., ATASOY N., KURÇER M. A., Karaahmet E., SARAÇLI Ö.

ANADOLU PSIKIYATRI DERGISI-ANATOLIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, vol.13, no.3, pp.191-197, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.191-197
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: Although the sexual problems are commonly observed in Turkey, the community studies about the prevalence of sexual problems are rare. The objective of this study is to assess the prevalence and risk factors of female sexual dysfunction in Turkish women population in Zonguldak province. Methods: The study group consisted of 517 married women 15 to 49 years old living in Zonguldak province. The participants were administered to GRISS and sociodemographical questionnaires for the evaluation of Female Sexual Dysfunction. Findings: The mean age of participants was 36.5 +/- 7.87. According to GRISS, 45.5% of women had female sexual dysfunction. The most frequent sexual dysfunctions were vaginismus (67.3%) and sexual frequency problems (60.3%). Sexual non-sensuality problem (54.5%), sexual non-communication (54.7%), sexual avoidance (54.5%) and anorgasmia (23.8%) were among other prevalent problems. Conclusion: As a result of our study, the inadequate sexual knowledge of women, restriction of sexual talk at home and information exchange with friends being the most common method of sexual knowledge indicated that sexuality is still a taboo in our community. Also, nearly all women lacked pre-marriage sexual experience, which showed the continuing significance of virginity. (Anatolian Journal of Psychiatry 2012; 13:191-197)