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Title: Sexual Problems among Japanese Women: Data from an Online Helpline.
Authors: Ozaki, Yumi
Nagao, Koichi
Saigo, Rieko
Tai, Toshihiro
Tanaka, Norie
Kobayashi, Hideyuki
Nakajima, Koichi
Takahashi, Yoshimitsu  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Author's alias: 高橋, 由光
Keywords: Epidemiology
Sexual Dysfunction
Marital Status
Sex Counseling
Issue Date: Dec-2015
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
Journal title: Sexual medicine
Volume: 3
Issue: 4
Start page: 295
End page: 301
Abstract: [Introduction]Sexual problems have been more prevalent among East Asian women than those from other areas of the world. However, Japanese women seldom tend to consult their treating physicians as such intimate problems are socially awkward topics to share and may be considered shameful. Presently, there is little data in the literature regarding women's sexual problems in Japan. [Aims]We aimed (i) to investigate the types of sexual problems that were reported among Japanese women who had sought online consultations; and (ii) to examine whether factors such as age and family structure (marital status and presence of children) increased the likelihood of sexual problems. [Methods]An online helpline received a total of 316 messages from Japanese women related to sexual problems over a 3‐year period. We evaluated 276 respondents, who provided demographic information such as age and family structure as well as their response to an open‐ended question regarding their sexual problems. [Main Outcome Measures]Main outcome measures were the types of sexual problems reported by Japanese women. [Results]The majority of respondents were in their 30s (53.6%). Sexual aversion accounted for 42.4% of the complaints, partners' sexual issues for 18.5%, and pain during sex for 16.7%. Family structure significantly correlated with sexual problems (P < 0.001). Women with sexual aversion were more likely to be younger (P = 0.003) and have children (P < 0.001). Women whose partners had sexual issues were more likely to be married (P < 0.001) and have no children (P < 0.001). Women who reported pain during sex were more likely to have no children (P = 0.006). [Conclusion]Sexual aversion was the most common sexual problem among Japanese women who sought help via the online helpline. Family structure was related to sexual problems. More detailed assessments of family structure may be important in better identifying the triggering causes of the reported sexual problems. Ozaki Y, Nagao K, Saigo R, Tai T, Tanaka N, Kobayashi H, Nakajima K, and Takahashi Y. Sexual problems among Japanese women: Data from an online helpline. Sex Med 2015;3:289–295.
Rights: © 2015 The Authors. Sexual Medicine published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of International Society for Sexual Medicine. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
DOI(Published Version): 10.1002/sm2.83
PubMed ID: 26797064
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