More than 10 percent of sexually active young people have recently experienced a “matter of concern” in the bedroom, according to a new study.
The researchers analyzed data from a survey of 2,392 people aged 16 to 21, of whom 517 were sexually inactive years.
They found that 44 percent of sexually active young women and 34 percent of sexually active young men had experienced one or more sexual problems lasting at least three months in the last year.
Nine percent of men and 13 percent of women said they had experienced such a problem that they had felt distressed as a result.
The most common ‘painful’ complaint among sexually active women was difficulty reaching orgasm (six percent), while five percent said their problem was the lack of interest in sex.
Among young people, the most common problem was reaching a climax too quickly (five percent) and the difficulty in achieving and maintaining an erection (three percent).
Dr. Kirstin Mitchell, who began the research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is now based at the University of Glasgow, said: “When it comes to sexuality of young people, concern professional usually focuses on preventing infections unwanted sexually transmitted pregnancy.
“However, we must consider the much broader sexual health because sexual difficulties may have an impact on sexual wellbeing of young people in the long run.
“Our results show that distressing sexual problems are not only experienced by the elderly -. In fact they are relatively common in early adulthood, and”
said sexual education and services health professionals should “reassure and opportunities for young people to discuss and address these problems from the beginning.”
“If we want to improve sexual well-being in the population, we need to reach people as they start their sexual life, otherwise a lack of knowledge, anxiety or embarrassment might progress to sexual difficulties life that can be harmful to sexual enjoyment and relationships, “said Dr. Mitchell.
Approximately one third of young people with problems had sought help, but usually from family, friends, media or self-help sites on the Internet. Four percent of men and eight percent of young women with a problem had sought professional help of a professional expert or other sexual health.
Ten percent of those who had not had sex for a year said they had avoided due to a previous problem they or their partner had experienced.
Kaye Wellings Professor of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who participated in the research, said that sex education is “often silent on issues of sexual satisfaction.”
“But these are clearly important for young people and must be addressed,” he said.
“Sex education could do a lot more to destroy the myths about sex, pleasure discuss and promote gender equality in relationships.
” Teaching young people the importance of communication and respect in relationships is also key to help understand and address problems that may occur in your sex life. “
the research was published in Journal of Adolescent Health .
Study: School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
RESEARCHER : Dr. Kirstin Mitchell, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
study published by Journal of Adolescent Health