Sexually Satisfied Women Report Greater Well-Being, Mental Health

While the links between the occurrences of sexual activity and overall mental health and well-being have been widely documented among men, especially within the context of examining treatments for erectile dysfunction, studies focusing on the role of sexual satisfaction have been more difficult to perform. Citing the fact that the number of sexual events experienced by a woman does not indicate her level of sexual satisfaction at a comparable rate with those of men, the researchers behind a recent study performed at Monash University in Australia suggest that self-reporting measures are far more accurate. The research team set out to establish the relationship between sexual satisfaction, age, and well-being among women in the local Australian community, and recruited women who self-identified as being either sexually satisfied or dissatisfied, and who were also asked questions to determine whether they were pre- or post-menopausal.

With a sizable study group, the researchers compared collected from the women, including the number of sexual events experienced each month (the minimum rate for inclusion in the study was two), and whether a partner had been present, along with further questions about the quality of experience and self-perceived well-being. The researchers found that in general, those women of an older age group were found to have more positive associations between sexual satisfaction and overall well-being than were younger women, and the results also suggested that those women who perceived themselves as being sexually satisfied were also more likely to experience a high degree of well-being, in comparison to participants who identified as sexually dissatisfied.

Though the subject is in need of additional study to determine whether sexual dissatisfaction or a poor sense of well-being is the origination point of the cycle, the researchers note that the work should further the cause of women’s sexual and overall health.

© Copyright 2009 by By Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC, therapist in Olympia, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • Nan

    Nan

    October 16th, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    Way to go Cougars! :-)

  • Astle

    Astle

    October 16th, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    It is only natural… sexual activity triggers a feel-good feeling in most people and this also means such people are in a happy relationship. Hence, well-being is also quite natural.

  • Fletcher

    Fletcher

    October 16th, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    When intimacy starts to become lacking in a relationship, it can be a sign of other problems with it. Sex problems aren’t always about sexual technique or physical. Each woman (or man) should explore what is causing the dissatisfaction with a therapist.

  • Lacey

    Lacey

    October 16th, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Women who are menopausal can enjoy sex as much as women who aren’t. What can affect how you feel are the side effects of menopause like dryness due to decreased estrogen levels. This makes intercourse not as comfortable as it could be. You don’t need to be celibate the rest of your life though! LOL. There are products to counteract that. Nor is it a given that you’ll experience a loss of libido. Not all menopausal women do. Sex after menopause can be just as fulfilling as it was before. Like so much in life, your mental attitude makes a difference.

  • Jocelyn

    Jocelyn

    October 18th, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    What do you mean? Women don’t dry up and shrivel away when they hit menopause? That has been the thinking for so long that many women had developed that belief too. I am SO happy to hear that women can continue to have happy and healthy sex lives and drives far beyond the change of life and it is about time that everyone else knew that too!

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