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Table 1 Associations of reported sexual difficulties with age

From: Health and lifestyle factors associated with sexual difficulties in men – results from a study of Australian men aged 18 to 55 years

SD for 3 months or longer over the past 12 months Total Yes 18–24 years 25–34 years 35–44 Years 45–55 years Trenda
  % Yes (N)
95 % CI
% Yes
95 % CI
% Yes
95 % CI
% Yes
95 % CI
% Yes
95 % CI
p-value
Lacked interest in having sex 17.3 (2121)
16.6–17.9
14.6
12.8–16.5
15.1
13.8–16.5
16.7
15.5–17.9
20.2
19.0–21.5
p < 0.001
Lacked enjoyment in sex 10.1 (1229)
9.6–10.6
8.1
6.7–9.6
9.5
8.4–10.6
9.2
8.3–10.2
12.1
11.1–13.1
p < 0.001
Felt anxious during sex 10.9 (1328)
10.4–11.5
10.3
8.8–12.0
10.2
9.1–11.4
10.7
9.7–11.7
11.8
10.8–12.8
p = 0.039
Felt physical pain as a result of sex 3.7 (448)
3.4–4.0
5.0
3.9–6.2
4.1
3.4–4.9
3.2
2.6–3.8
3.4
2.8–4.0
p = 0.004
Felt no excitement or arousal during sex 6.0 (724)
5.5–6.4
6.1
4.9–7.4
4.5
3.8–5.3
5.5
4.8–6.3
7.4
6.6–8.2
P < 0.001
Did not reach climax or took a long time 15.0 (1817)
14.3–15.6
16.8
14.9–18.8
13.3
12.1–14.6
13.8
12.7–14.9
16.6
15.4–17.7
p = 0.137
Reached climax too quickly 37.2 (4527)
36.4–38.1
31.5
29.1–33.9
36.3
34.5–38.1
39.2
37.6–40.8
38.0
36.5–39.5
p < 0.001
Had trouble getting or keeping an erection 13.7 (1671)
13.1–14.3
10.8
9.2–12.5
8.1
7.1–9.2
12.3
11.2–13.3
19.9
18.7–21.2
p < 0.001
At least one SD over the past 12 months 54.2 (6688)
53.3–55.1
48.3
45.7–50.1
51.6
50.0–53.7
54.2
53.0–56.2
56.6
55.6–58.9
p < 0.001
SD-index (# sexual difficulties)
Mean (SD)
95 % CI
1.12 (1.49)
1.09–1.14
1.02 (1.48)
0.95–1.10
1.0 (1.39)
0.95–1.05
1.08 (1.43)
1.04–1.32
1.26 (1.60)
1.231–1.31
p < 0.001
  1. N total sample = 12,636
  2. aScore test for binary SD items; non parametric test for trend for SD count variable