What is it about?

To explore the prevalence and risk factors of female sexual dysfunction (FSD) in Iran.

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Why is it important?

Sexuality is an important and complex domain in quality-of-life studies. Sexual dysfunction is a taboo subject in many countries that negatively affects quality of life and may often be responsible for psychopathological disturbances. In many societies, such discussions are almost taboo; hence, these problems are often not volunteered. If female sexuality is disturbed, the consequences it might lead to include familial discord and divorce, and reproduction is also affected.


Female sexual dysfunction has a major impact on quality of life and interpersonal relationships. For many women it has been physically disconcerting, emotionally distressing and socially disruptive. Sexual dysfunction can also severely impair a woman’s quality of life, self esteem and interpersonal relationships.

Dr Mohammad Reza Safarinejad
University of Medical Sceices

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This page is a summary of: Female sexual dysfunction in a population-based study in Iran: prevalence and associated risk factors, International Journal of Impotence Research, January 2006, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1038/sj.ijir.3901440.
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