Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

FEMALE SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION AMONG THE HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL IN MALAYSIA: WHO ARE AT RISK?

Author

G.S. Grewal, J.S. Gill, S. Hatta, K. Gurpreet, S.T. Jambunathan, N.J. Suffee, N.J. Nik Ruzyanei, M. Midin.

Institution

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Abstract

Objectives: To determine the prevalence and risk factors of female sexual dysfunction (FSD) among healthcare personnel in selected healthcare facilities in Malaysia.

Methods: A total of 201 female healthcare personnel, selected by stratified random sampling from three healthcare facilities participated in this cross-sectional study. Validated questionnaires were used to assess depression, anxiety, sexual function in women and erectile dysfunction (ED) in their partners. Main Outcome Measure, The Malay version of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ), The Malay version of the Female Sexual Function Index (MVFSFI), the Malay version of the 5 items International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5).

Results: The prevalence of FSD was 5.5%. Women with sexual dysfunction were more likely to be married longer (OR=4.08; 95% CI; 1.15-4.50), have lower frequency of sexual intercourse (OR=5.00; 95% C; 1.05-23.76) and have a spouse with ED (OR=24.35; 95% CI; 4.55-130.37). Multivariate analysis showed that ED was the strongest predictor for FSD (AOR= 27.30; 95% CI; 4.706 - 159.08).

Conclusion: One in eighteen female healthcare personnel suffered from FSD and presence of ED in the partner strongly impacted her sexual function negatively. The findings highlight the importance of including the male partner in clinical assessment of FSD.