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Is sexual desire meaningful for women? Women’s perspective on the meaning, function, and role of sexual desire

Is sexual desire meaningful for women? Women’s perspective on the meaning, function, and role of sexual desire

Epidemiological studies on sexual dysfunction revealed that lack of sexual desire in women is a salient problem across nations. Both medical and psychological interventions have been developed to address the problem, yet well-established treatment has not been achieved. Besides, it is important to know women’s voice on the meaning of sexual desire for themselves as a ground for developing interventions to alleviate lack of sexual desire problem in women.

Method: As part of larger study on sexual desire, 172 women participated in confidential off-line and on-line survey, answering some open-ended questions; majority of the respondents were married women drawn from community samples and few were college students. An important question was: what is the meaning / function / role of sexual desire? The answers were thematically analyzed.

Result: Overall, the answers did not strongly reflected as depiction of sexual desire, but refered more on sexual relationship in general. Dominant answers described more on the function and role, while being less descriptive on the meaning. Majority of the answers described that the function of sexual desire was to provide some benefits, while few others described that the function of sexual desire as means of expression. In terms of the benefit, most answers stated that sexual desire gave relationship and emotional benefits, while several others stated that it contributed to physical benefits. Few answers described sexual desire as obligation, expression of religious life, need, and pleasure giver.

Conclusion: This study revealed that the meaning of sexual desire is less apparent in women’s mind, while sexual relationship is more salient. Finding of this study gives better idea on the development and delivery of treatment for lack of sexual desire in women.

Speakers: Uncategorized
Areas of Interest / Categories: Desire, Women


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