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Do Women Get Confused When Describing Sexual Desire and Sexual Arousal? Responding Quantitatively with a Survey of 1140 Women

Do Women Get Confused When Describing Sexual Desire and Sexual Arousal? Responding Quantitatively with a Survey of 1140 Women

Introduction & Objectives: It has been suggested that
females do not differentiate the experience of sexual
desire and sexual arousal, the DSM5 females sexual
dysfunction reflects this assertion with the new entity
female sexual interest/arousal disorder. We attempted
to study if females differentiate the experience of sexual
desire form sexual arousal using quantitative
methodology.
Methods & Sample: A list of 32 possible descriptors
of female sexual arousal and desire was developed
using several validated measure of female sexual function
and dysfunction and validated by a panel of
experts. Each descriptor was included in the questionnaire
twice, one time referring to desire, and another
time referring to arousal. 1401 females responded to
the invitation and filled the questionnaire age mean of
34.21 years with sd= 11.293 and a range from 18 to 79,
most of them with graduate and post graduate educational
level.
Results: The comparison of frequencies of responses
resulted in significant differences for 26 of the 32
descriptors, most of them with a p < 0.001. 23 descriptors
had a significant difference in favour of sexual
arousal 3 in favour of sexual desire, and 5 had no significant
difference.
Conclusion and recommendation: Participants in
this online survey differentiated the experience of sexual
arousal from desire. This was stronger when participants
with lower sexual function scores where
compared with those with non-dysfunctional scores.
Although the overlap of these two experiences occurred
it is recommended that the current DSM 5 classification
be re-considered.
Keywords: Sexual desire and arousal differentiation,
Sexual arousal, Sexual desire
Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement: None