Validation of the Swedish Version of the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) in Women with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

  • Elsa Lena Ryding, Carina Blom
  • Journal of Sexual Medicine, February 2015, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1111/jsm.12778

Swedish validation of the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI)

What is it about?

In this study we wanted to validated the Female Sexual Function Index by investigating if it could differentiate between women with and without sexual problems.

Why is it important?

We found that FSFI did differentiate satisfactory between the clinical and non clinical group but also that women without sexual complaints had lower scores than excepted on the desire domain. This could confirm newer theories of female sexuality that describe women´s sexual activity as sometimes being more circular where a will to engage in sexual activity an to become sexual aroused can be the initiator to sexual activity and later on activate the sexual arousal and desire. Earlier theories by Master & Johnson have described sexuality as a more linear process where fantasies, desire and arousal precede sexual activity.


Mrs Carina Blom
Stockholm University

It is important that for Swedish professionals working with clients with sexual problems to have a translated and validated questionnaire to use in the clinical formulation and evaluation of treatment. This is now possible due to this study. The study also brings light to the "normal" sexuality in Swedish women especially to the issue of not problematize lower scores of desire but instead to normalize it.

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The following have contributed to this page: Professor Elsa Lena Ryding and Mrs Carina Blom