A Survey on Sexual Dysfunction among Women in Hong Kong
The prevalence of female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is high and FSD is found to be detrimental to women’s quality of life. Hence, early diagnosis and treatment of FSD should help promote women’s sexual health. In this cross-sectional study a 5-item screening measure (the FSF-5) was used to examine the sexual function of women in Hong Kong. Data were collected via convenience sampling. Demographic characteristics of the participants (N = 1,011) were diversified and covered a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Results of the data analysis confirmed that the reliability and validity of FSF-5 were satisfactory. The results indicated that women in Hong Kong functioned at a slightly low level in sexual desire and orgasm. Their sexual function in terms of arousal, lubrication, and pain were generally satisfactory. A number of risk factors of FSD were identified, which included divorce, older in age (41 years or above), low education (primary school or below), and relatively high income (HK $ 30,000; HK $1 = $4.18 NTD). These risk factors were generally consistent with those reported in Western research literature. Participants who obtained low scores on FSF-5 tended to engage in low frequency of sexual activity, which may imply that their general well-being could be affected. In summary, the brief measure of FSF-5 may serve as a screening tool for detecting FSD. It helps to reduce the rate of under-diagnosis and under-treatment of FSD, thus facilitates the promotion of women’s sexual health.
|關鍵詞||性功能障礙、婦女、篩選測驗、sexual dysfunction、women、screening test|