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Korean J Women Health Nurs. 2007 Dec;13(4):254-261. Korean.
Published online May 22, 2013.
Copyright © 2007 Korean Academy of Women's Health Nursing
A Survey of Urban Middle-aged Women's Sexual Function and Sexual Distress
Young-Sook Park,1 In Sook Cho,2 and Yoon Mi Kim3
1Professor, College of Nursing & The Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, Korea.
2Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, School of Medicine, Inha University, Korea.
3Part-time Instructor, College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Korea.

Corresponding author (Email: )
Received Aug 06, 2007; Accepted Oct 26, 2007.



This survey assessed the prevalence and type of sexual dysfunction in middle-aged women regarding sexually related personal distress and examined the prevalence of perceived sexual dysfunction and perceived partners' dysfunction by women.


One-hundred ten healthy community-based middle-aged women participated voluntarily, and validated questionnaires of the Female Sexual Function Index(FSFI) and the Female Sexual Distress Score(FSDS) were used.


The percentage of women having sexual dysfunction and sexual distress were 67% and 32% respectively according to the cut-off of FSFI and FSDS. The average score of FSFI was 23.5(s.d.=5.7), which was lower than the cut-off of FSFI, while the average score of FSDS was 13.2, which was in range of a normal score. When considering the two concepts simultaneously, the women were categorized into 4 groups: sexually stressed dysfunction group (24.8%), sexually depressed group(42.2%), sexually healthy group(25.7%), and sexually hyperactive group (7.3%). The percentage of women reporting sexual problems was 24.3%, while the percentage of women reporting sexual dysfunction in their partner was 29.9%.


The results indicate a high rate of sexual dysfunction and sexual distress in middle-aged women. However, considering the relationships between sexual dysfunction and sexual distress, almost two thirds were in the sexually depressed group among the women having sexual dysfunction.

Keywords: Women; Sexual dysfunction; Middle aged