|Fifty-four per cent of women surveyed between 18 and 30 said difficulty reaching orgasm was top. (Shutterstock)
More than half of women have problems reaching orgasm, a new study shows.
Women who attended a New Jersey urology practice for incontinence, urinary tract infections, pelvic floor problems and kidney stones were also asked about female sexual dysfunction, a new study in the Journal of the British Association of Urological Surgeons says.
The 587 women ranged in age from 18 to 95 and were asked about six key areas of female sexual dysfunction (FSD): lack of desire, arousal issues, lack of lubrication, problems achieving orgasm, lack of satisfaction and pain during intercourse.
When asked about their top three problems, 54% of women between 18 and 30 said difficulty reaching orgasm was top, followed by desire (36%) and satisfaction (28%).
For women 31 and older, desire was the No. 1 problem for them, while orgasm was second for women 31-45 and 50-70. Satisfaction came in second for women 46-54 and over 70.
For orgasm, the problem ranked higher in the 18-30 age group (54%) than in the 31-45 (43%) and 46-54 (48%) age groups. It then rose to 66% at 55-70 and 87% when women were over 70.
"FSD can have a major effect on women's quality of life," study co-author Dr. Debra Fromer said in a statement. "Self-esteem, sense of wholeness and relationships can be seriously and adversely affected, exacting a heavy emotional toll."
The survey found the most sexually active age groups were 31-45-year-olds (87%), followed by 18-30-year-olds (85%) and 46-54-year-olds (74%). It then fell sharply in 55-70-year-olds (45%) and in women who were over 70 (15%).
The researchers said risk factors for female sexual dysfunction include age, a history of sexual abuse or sexually transmitted infections, depression, lower socioeconomic status, lifestyle, overall physical health and sexual experience.
"We found that 63% of the women suffered from FSD and that there were significant links between FSD and age, menopausal status and use of selective antidepressants," Fromer said.