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Table 2 Correlates of reporting a sexual difficulty for at least 3 months in the last year – psychological SDs

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

  Lacked interest Lacked enjoyment Felt anxious during sex
18–34 years 35–55 years 18–34 years 35–55 years 18–34 years 35–55 years
(n = 2925) (n = 5526) (n = 2923) (n = 5500) (n = 2920) (n = 5496)
Lifestyle factors OR (95 % CI) OR (95 % CI) OR (95 % CI) OR (95 % CI) OR (95 % CI) OR (95 % CI)
Currently smoking
 Yes 1.46 (1.15–1.86) 1.60 (1.35–1.89) 1.75 (1.30–2.34) 1.44 (1.16–1.78) 1.18 (0.89–1.56) 1.33 (1.08–1.64)
 No - - - - - -
Alcohol consumption
 Harmful consumption 1.18 (0.95–1.45) 1.45 (1.26–1.67) 1.57 (1.20–2.06) 1.28 (1.07–1.53) 1.22 (0.96–1.56) 1.18 (1.00–1.40)
 Non-harmful consumption - - - - - -
Drug use in past 12 months P = 0.023 P = 0.236 P = 0.034 P = 0.146 P = 0.026 P = 0.088
 No drugs - - - - - -
 Marijuana only 1.30 (0.98–1.72) 1.14 (0.91–1.41) 1.17 (0.81–1.69) 1.00 (0.76–1.34) 1.40 (1.02–1.92) 1.12 (0.86–1.47)
 Marijuana and other drugs 1.37 (1.00–1.88) 1.34 (0.96–1.87) 1.71 (1.18–2.49) 1.30 (0.86–1.96) 1.43 (1.00–2.04) 1.56 (1.07–2.28)
 Other drugs only 1.69 (1.07–2.65) 1.20 (0.71–2.03) 1.43 (0.78–2.60) 1.78 (1.01–3.13) 1.71 (1.02–2.85) 1.37 (0.75–2.48)
Obesity
 Yes 0.97 (0.74–1.28) 1.50 (1.29–1.74) 1.10 (0.79–1.54) 1.37 (1.14–1.65) 0.94 (0.69–1.29) 1.16 (0.97–1.39)
 No - - - - - -
Health Factors OR (95 % CI) OR (95 % CI) OR (95 % CI) OR (95 % CI) OR (95 % CI) OR (95 % CI)
Self-rated health P < 0.001 P < 0.001 P < 0.001 P < 0.001 P = 0.008 P < 0.001
 Excellent - - - - - -
 Very good 1.44 (1.08–1.93) 1.60 (1.27–2.01) 1.22 (0.84–1.77) 1.31 (0.98–1.74) 1.45 (1.05–2.01) 1.41 (1.07–1.85)
 Good 1.84 (1.35–2.50) 2.36 (1.86–2.98) 1.90 (1.29–2.78) 1.91 (1.43–2.55) 1.56 (1.10–2.22) 2.01 (1.52–2.65)
 Fair or poor 3.89 (2.57–5.89) 4.70 (3.55–6.22) 3.39 (2.03–5.64) 4.23 (3.03–5.90) 2.28 (1.38–3.77) 3.34 (2.40–4.65)
Daily pain self-medication
 Yes 1.43 (0.88–2.31) 1.97 (1.61–2.41) 1.08 (0.56–2.10) 1.57 (1.22–2.03) 1.12 (0.62–2.02) 1.29 (1.00–1.67)
 No - - - - - -
Disability
 With disability 2.38 (1.65–3.42) 2.28 (1.77–2.92) 3.14 (2.08–4.73) 2.84 (2.15–3.76) 1.90 (1.24–2.91) 2.20 (1.66–2.94)
 Without disability - - - - - -
Diagnosed physical health condition in past 12 months
 1 or more conditions diag. 1.35 (1.07–1.72) 1.63 (1.42–1.87) 1.22 (0.90–1.66) 1.58 (1.32–1.88) 1.46 (1.11–1.90) 1.69 (1.43–2.00)
 None diagnosed - - - - - -
Diagnosed mental health condition in past 12 months
 1 or more conditions diag. 2.66 (2.07–3.42) 2.72 (2.31–3.21) 3.22 (2.38–4.35) 2.67 (2.19–3.26) 2.77 (2.09–3.66) 2.79 (2.30–3.38)
 None diagnosed - - - - - -
  1. Logistic regression models, each model is adjusted for relationship status, sexuality and country of birth; models are stratified by age