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Sexual Behaviour and Satisfaction in Finnish Heterosexual Women

Sexual Behaviour and Satisfaction in Finnish Heterosexual Women

The present study examined onset and frequencies of sexual activities, sexual satisfaction, and amount of love and equality in the relationship, among a sample of women in Finland. 

An internet-based questionnaire was filled in by 1044 women in Finland between 18 and 65 years of age. Of the respondents, 80.6% had a partner. Four scales were used in order to assess women’s sexual satisfaction. The scales were inspired by the Female Sexual Function Index, FSFI (Rosen et al., 2000) and the Brief Index of Sexual Functioning for Women, BISF-W (Taylor et al., 1994).

Results: Significant variation due to age regarding sexual satisfaction, love and equality in the relationship, and sexual pleasure and orgasm were found. Women in their forties experienced more sexual pleasure and were more satisfied with their ability to reach orgasm than women in their twenties. Scores of love and equality were low for women in their forties. Regarding onset, results showed that the oldest respondents born in the late 1940s had experienced their first kiss, first intercourse, and first orgasm during intercourse at a significantly older age compared to the respondents born later. Respondents born in the 80s had experienced their first orgasm significantly earlier than all other age groups. Women born in the 70s stood out as late beginners of sexual activities, and they had not had their first sexual relationship any earlier than those born in the 60s.

Conclusions: Younger women reported earlier onset of sexual activities. Women in older age groups were less engaged in sexual activities than younger women were. Despite this, a peak of being engaged in intercourse was observed for women in their fifties. Even though women in their forties experienced low amount of love and equality, they reported high amount of general sexual pleasure.