Table 2

 Selected sexual behavioural and attitudinal 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.
‡This composite measure is defined as an absence of duress and regret, autonomy of decision, and use of a reliable method of contraception at first heterosexual sexual intercourse.14
§Corresponds to the median number of occasions of sex in the past 4 weeks estimated as four.8
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
Sexually competent at first sex‡p = 0.003p = 0.001p<0.001p = 0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001
    Competent32.1 (29.7 to 34.6)1.004.5 (3.6 to 5.7)1.002675/219349.9 (47.6 to 52.2)1.0012.3 (10.9 to 13.8)1.001998/2235
    Not competent37.2 (34.9 to 39.4)1.28 (1.10 to 1.48)7.7 (6.5 to 9.1)1.63 (1.21 to 2.19)2127/171156.8 (54.9 to 58.7)1.34 (1.19 to 1.51)18.1 (16.6 to 19.7)1.55 (1.31 to 1.84)2744/3201
Paid for sex, past 5 yearsp = 0.001p = 0.007p = 0.606p = 0.491Questions on paying for sex were not asked to women
    No34.2 (32.5 to 35.9)1.006.3 (5.4 to 7.2)1.003752/4667
    Yes46.9 (39.3 to 54.6)1.57 (1.13 to 2.18)5.3 (2.9 to 9.6)0.79 (0.41 to 1.54)220/227
Numbers of partners, past yearp<0.001p = 0.097p = 0.092p = 0.314p = 0.712p = 0.072p = 0.960p = 0.152
    One33.1 (31.3 to 35.1)1.006.6 (5.6 to 7.7)1.003571/276053.8 (52.1 to 55.4)1.0015.7 (14.5 to 16.9)1.004047/4538
    More than one39.8 (36.5 to 43.2)1.17 (0.97 to 1.42)5.0 (3.8 to 6.6)0.82 (0.55 to 1.21)1228/114754.5 (50.7 to 58.4)1.18 (0.98 to 1.42)15.6 (13.0 to 18.6)1.20 (0.93 to 1.55)708/919
Number of occasions of sex, past 4 weeks§p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001
    At least 430.8 (28.7 to 33.0)1.004.4 (3.6 to 5.4)1.002717/212449.2 (47.2 to 51.1)1.0010.9 (9.8 to 12.2)1.002829/3095
    Less than 439.7 (37.2 to 42.3)1.42 (1.22 to 1.65)8.2 (6.9 to 9.8)2.03 (1.49 to 2.75)2075/176960.6 (58.3 to 62.9)1.72 (1.52 to 1.96)22.5 (20.7 to 24.5)2.50 (2.10 to 2.98)1892/2299
Masturbation, past 4 weeksp<0.001p<0.001p = 0.024p = 0.026p = 0.001p<0.001p = 0.119p = 0.196
    No25.9 (23.1 to 29.0)1.004.6 (3.4 to 6.3)1.001330/105151.9 (50.0 to 53.7)1.0015.0 (13.7 to 16.4)1.002972/3330
    Yes38.3 (36.3 to 40.3)1.70 (1.43 to 2.03)6.9 (5.9 to 8.0)1.52 (1.05 to 2.20)3493/286457.2 (54.8 to 59.5)1.24 (1.10 to 1.40)16.8 (15.1 to 18.6)1.12 (0.94 to 1.32)1775/2098
“Would like sex much/bit more often”p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001
    Disagree29.4 (27.2 to 31.7)1.003.9 (3.1 to 5.0)1.002382/191048.3 (46.3 to 50.2)1.0012.2 (11.0 to 13.5)1.002927/3249
    Agree39.9 (37.6 to 42.3)1.58 (1.37 to 1.83)8.4 (7.2 to 9.9)2.17 (1.61 to 2.93)2500/206662.5 (60.2 to 64.7)1.80 (1.59 to 2.03)21.0 (19.2 to 22.9)1.87 (1.59 to 2.21)1889/2267
Find it difficult to talk about sex with any partnerp<0.001p<0.001p = 0.003p = 0.002p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001p<0.001
    No33.9 (32.3 to 35.6)1.005.9 (5.2 to 6.8)1.004630/377052.2 (50.7 to 53.7)1.0014.2 (13.2 to 15.3)1.004475/5104
    Yes50.1 (42.6 to 57.7)1.94 (1.41 to 2.66)11.7 (7.5 to 17.6)2.17 (1.32 to 3.58)258/21073.6 (68.6 to 78.0)2.55 (2.00 to 3.26)33.4 (28.6 to 38.5)2.91 (2.29 to 3.71)351/426