September 1999
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Fall99, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p175
Academic Journal
SUMMARY: Women responding to the 1998 Canadian Contraception Study answered several questions about sexual and reproductive health issues. Eleven percent of respondents had never had intercourse: of those who had, 88% were coitally active during the previous six months. Premenstrual syndrome was self-diagnosed by 58% of all respondents, while 30% reported dysmenorrhea. Monthly breast self-examination was practised by 37% of respondents, with a higher reported rate among older women. Pap smears during the preceding two years were reported by 81% of sexually experienced women. Among sexual dysfunctions that were examined, the most common was diminished sexual desire, described as a problem by 39% of the total sample and by 57% of younger married women. These results show that sexual, reproductive, and women's health problems are common among Canadian women, and that reproductive cancer screening is suboptimal.


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