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Sexual Satisfaction and Sexual Function: An Online Survey of 2,116 Male and Female Participants

Sexual Satisfaction and Sexual Function: An Online Survey of 2,116 Male and Female Participants

Introduction & Objectives: Sexual Satisfaction can be
conceptualized as an affect response that results from
the evaluation of positive and negative aspects related
to sexual experiences (Byers, Demmons y Lawrance,
1998, p. 268). We investigated the level of sexual satisfaction
in a sample gathered via online invitations and
to correlate this level with measures of sexual function
Methods & Sample: An online survey using the
Index of Sexual Satisfaction, ISS; (Walter, Hudson,
Harrison y Crosscup, 1981) using the Spanish version
(Vieira et al., 2008). In addition Spanish versions of the
International Index of Erectile Function (FE) and the
Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) were included in
the online survey. 2116 participants responded the
questionnaires: 781 males and 1,335 females. The reliability
of instruments was verified and it was very good
for the three questionnaires: Cronbach’s α = 0.936,
0.929 and 0.961 for the SSI, FSFI and the Erection
domain of the IIEF (ED-IIEF).
Results: Sexual satisfaction was reported as high.
Also, predictively, sexual satisfaction was positively correlated
to sexual function both in males and females
(for erectile function domain and sexual satisfaction
r = 0.445. p < 0.001, for total score at FSFI and sexual
satisfaction r = 0.666, p < 0.001) A multiple regression
analysis on sexual satisfaction including demographic
and health related variables identified: self-rated health
status (beta standardized 0.151, p < 0.001), Self-reported
depression (beta = 0.144, p < 0.001), Age (beta = 0.144,
p < 0.001) How religious are you? (beta = 0.084,
p < 0.001), socio-economic level (beta = 0.064. p = 0.007
and self-reported low testosterone levels (beta = 0.059,
p = 0.012).
Conclusion & recommendations: Sexual Satisfaction
was high and is related to the level of sexual function
both in males and females. As to the non-sexual predictors,
health in general and depression in particular
appeared as the stronger predictors. It is recommended
that clinicians explore sexuality in more detail when
health problems appear and in particular depression.
Keywords: sexual satisfaction, sexual function,
predictors of sexual satisfaction
Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement: None