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Sexual Function Of Malay Women With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Preliminary Study

Sazlina Kamaralzaman*, Hatta Sidi **, Matthew Yau***, Siti Balkis Budin*, Anuar Sani****, Jamaludin Mohamed*

*Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kampus Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; **Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; *** School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia****Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Nilai, Malaysia.

Female sexual dysfunction is a known complication of diabetes mellitus. The aims of this study is to estimate the prevalence of sexual dysfunction and the types of sexual dysfunction experienced by Malay women with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Cross sectional study was conducted on married Malay women with type 2 diabetes mellitus, receiving treatment from two community clinics in Selangor, Malaysia. Female sexual function was assessed using Malay version of Female Sexual Function Index.

This study found that sexual dysfunction was present among 18.2% women. Lack of libido was the commonest symptom among these women and was observed in 40.9% of women followed by sexual dissatisfaction (36.4%). Sexual arousal disorder was observed in 22.7%, 18.2% complained of lack of lubrication, and 22.7% had vaginal discomfort. Orgasmic dysfunction was found in only 4.5% of these women.

This preliminary research showed sexual desire disorder was the commonest type of sexual disorder among diabetic women. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 11(1): Jan - June 2010: XX XX.

Keywords: Female sexual function, Diabetes Mellitus, Malay women

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