Table 1

 Selected sociodemographic factors associated with reporting sexual function problems, by gender

MenWomen
Duration of sexual function problemsDuration of sexual function problems
At least 1 month in past yearAt least 6 months in past yearBase*At least 1 month in past yearAt least 6 months in past yearBase*
Prevalence (%) (95% CI)Adjusted† OR (%) (95% CI)Prevalence (%) (95% CI)Adjusted† OR (%) (95% CI)(weighted/unweighted)Prevalence (%) (95% CI)Adjusted† OR (%) (95% CI)Prevalence (%) (95% CI)Adjusted† OR (%) (95% CI)(weighted/unweighted)
Base: Natsal 2000 respondents who reported at least one heterosexual partner in the past year
*The base for “persistent sexual problems” is slightly smaller than the base for “any sexual problems” (shown) reflecting item non-response to the question used to define “persistent sexual problems” which asked how long problem(s) had lasted.
†Odds ratio (OR) adjusted for age and marital status.
‡Separated, divorced, or widowed.
All34.8 (33.1 to 36.4)6.2 (5.4 to 7.1)4888/398053.8 (52.3 to 55.2)15.6 (14.6 to 16.7)4826/5530
Agep = 0.221p = 0.514p = 0.001p = 0.005p = 0.031p = 0.019p<0.001p<0.001
    16–2436.6 (33.2 to 40.2)1.003.7 (2.5 to 5.3)1.001145/92852.3 (49.0 to 55.6)1.0010.7 (8.8 to 13.1)1.001132/1132
    25–3435.3 (32.8 to 38.0)1.12 (0.90 to 1.40)6.2 (5.0 to 7.7)1.92 (1.16 to 3.17)1910/156656.3 (54.1 to 58.4)1.03 (0.87 to 1.23)16.9 (15.3 to 18.6)1.69 (1.29 to 2.22)1913/2308
    35–4433.0 (30.5 to 35.6)1.05 (0.82 to 1.34)7.9 (6.5 to 9.5)2.52 (1.45 to 4.38)1832/148652.0 (49.6 to 54.5)0.85 (0.70 to 1.03)17.4 (15.7 to 19.2)1.79 (1.33 to 2.40)1781/2090
Marital statusp<0.001p<0.001p = 0.074p = 0.280p = 0.002p = 0.002p = 0.021p = 0.585
    Single, never married38.9 (36.1 to 41.8)1.005.3 (4.2 to 6.8)1.001601/157650.1 (47.1 to 53.1)1.0012.8 (11.0 to 15.0)1.001187/1588
    Previously married‡42.0 (35.4 to 48.7)1.06 (0.76 to 1.48)8.8 (5.8 to 13.0)0.96 (0.54 to 1.68)210/27448.7 (44.1 to 53.3)1.01 (0.80 to 1.28)17.7 (14.3 to 21.7)0.96 (0.69 to 1.34)314/539
    Cohabiting31.5 (27.7 to 35.5)0.67 (0.53 to 0.85)5.2 (3.7 to 7.3)0.66 (0.42 to 1.05)870/60956.4 (53.0 to 59.7)1.29 (1.07 to 1.55)16.3 (14.0 to 18.8)1.02 (0.79 to 1.32)965/974
    Married32.5 (30.0 to 35.0)0.70 (0.57 to 0.87)7.1 (5.8 to 8.6)0.78 (0.52 to 1.16)2203/151955.2 (53.1 to 57.3)1.31 (1.10 to 1.56)16.5 (15.0 to 18.1)0.89 (0.69 to 1.13)2355/2423
Ethnicityp = 0.433p = 0.264p = 0.652p = 0.765p = 0.232p = 0.331p = 0.025p = 0.065
    White35.1 (33.4 to 36.8)1.006.1 (5.3 to 7.1)1.004495/357654.2 (52.6 to 55.7)1.0015.9 (14.8 to 17.0)1.004470/4986
    Black Caribbean36.2 (25.6 to 48.3)0.98 (0.59 to 1.64)7.0 (3.0 to 15.4)1.22 (0.49 to 3.01)88/10453.2 (44.2 to 62.1)1.03 (0.71 to 1.49)17.9 (12.5 to 25.0)1.09 (0.70 to 1.67)89/169
    Black African21.8 (13.3 to 33.8)0.48 (0.26 to 0.88)6.3 (2.5 to 15.0)0.94 (0.34 to 2.64)64/8355.0 (44.2 to 65.3)1.05 (0.67 to 1.63)15.6 (8.3 to 27.4)0.96 (0.47 to 1.97)43/96
    Indian32.3 (22.4 to 44.2)0.89 (0.54 to 1.49)5.9 (1.9 to 17.4)0.92 (0.27 to 3.12)74/6841.9 (30.1 to 54.8)0.59 (0.35 to 1.00)4.4 (1.8 to 10.0)0.25 (0.10 to 0.62)83/93
    Pakistani29.7 (13.7 to 53.1)0.86 (0.32 to 2.31)0.034/2444.7 (27.6 to 63.2)0.61 (0.29 to 1.31)8.2 (2.5 to 23.3)0.49 (0.14 to 1.69)26/30
    Other30.7 (21.7 to 41.5)0.82 (0.51 to 1.32)9.5 (4.5 to 19.2)1.71 (0.75 to 3.88)126/11949.9 (40.4 to 59.5)0.83 (0.56 to 1.24)16.0 (10.4 to 23.7)1.06 (0.64 to 1.74)103/144
Child(ren) aged under 5 in householdp = 0.014p = 0.165p = 0.283p = 0.504p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001
    No35.9 (34.0 to 37.8)1.006.0 (5.1 to 7.0)1.003736/316350.7 (48.9 to 52.5)1.0014.3 (13.1 to 15.6)1.003326/3816
    Yes30.9 (27.6 to 34.4)0.87 (0.71 to 1.06)7.0 (5.4 to 9.1)1.13 (0.79 to 1.61)1131/79360.7 (58.1 to 63.2)1.42 (1.24 to 1.63)18.7 (16.7 to 20.8)1.40 (1.17 to 1.68)1489/1699
Educationp = 0.249p = 0.215p = 0.570p = 0.938p = 0.165p = 0.288p = 0.063p = 0.251
    Less than university35.3 (33.4 to 37.2)1.006.1 (5.2 to 7.1)1.003822/304353.3 (51.7 to 55.0)1.0015.2 (14.1 to 16.4)1.003956/4430
    University32.9 (29.6 to 36.5)0.89 (0.74 to 1.07)6.7 (5.1 to 8.7)1.01 (0.73 to 1.41)1066/93755.9 (52.6 to 59.1)1.08 (0.93 to 1.26)17.7 (15.3 to 20.3)1.12 (0.92 to 1.36)870/1100