A study led by researchers in Malaysia found that women
who engaged in sexual intercourse less frequently were less likely to achieve
The study was meant to investigate the prevalence of
orgasmic dysfunction and potential risk factors associated with orgasmic
dysfunction in women at a primary care setting in Malaysia.
For the study, the researchers used a validated questionnaire
for sexual function to assess orgasmic experience among a total of 230 married
women aged 18 to 70.
They found that the overall prevalence of orgasmic dysfunction
in the primary care population was 51 percent.
The rate was significantly higher among women age older
45, having low education, married longer and having more children, married to
an older husband and being at menopausal state.
The researchers concluded that women with infrequent
sexual intercourse are 70 percent less likely to be orgasmic compared to those
who engaged in sex more frequently.
Low sexual desire or hypoactive sexual desire disorder,
which results in infrequent sexual activities, is commonly found in older
women, particularly in postmenopausal women.
It is a condition that is not only found in Malaysia, but everywhere in
A common medical intervention is use of a male hormone
A new study published in a recent issue of the New England
Journal of Medicine found that 300 micrograms of this hormone per day for 24
weeks more than doubled sexual episodes in postmenopausal women.
But the testosterone therapy comes with a risk.
Of 534 women receiving the treatment, 4 were
diagnosed with breast cancer during the one-year study compared to one of 277
women in the control group.
It is unknown whether this testosterone treatment would
increase odds of a woman experiencing orgasm.
The study was performed by Marhani Midin of Department of
Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan, Kuala Lumpur in
Malaysia and colleagues and published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Public
Health, Vol. 20, No. 4, 298-306 (2008).
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