Yeah, I know. The study is sponsored by Pfizer, the maker of Viagra. It’s still an interesting study.
Pfizer Global Study Of Sexual Attitudes And Behaviors. This is a global study, not isolated to the U. S. The study broke down sexual attitudes according to region: Africa & Middle East, Asia, Australiasia, Europe, Latin America, North America.
Objectives: The Pfizer Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors aims to:
* Assess the role and importance of sex and intimacy to individuals and their relationships
* Assess the attitudes and beliefs of men and women aged 40 to 80 years regarding sexual health
* Describe treatment-seeking behavior for sexual dysfunction among men and women
* Provide an international baseline regarding sexual attitudes and beliefs that may be used in the future to compare changes over time
In 1975, the World Health Organization (WHO) made the following declaration,
“There exist fundamental rights for the individual, including the right to sexual health and a capacity to enjoy and control sexual and reproductive behavior in accordance with a social personal ethic:
* freedom from fear, shame, guilt, false beliefs, and other factors inhibiting sexual response and impairing sexual relationships
* freedom from organic disorders, diseases, and deficiencies that interfere with sexual and reproductive function
Despite this viewpoint, and more than 2 decades later, many challenges remain to achieving the vision of sexual well-being espoused in this declaration. Sexual health and well-being, particularly for men and women aged 40 and older has only recently been openly discussed. Poor understanding regarding the underlying causes of problems with sexual health, lack of viable treatment options, and the stigma associated with discussing these problems among this age group were an impediment to progress.
Since the WHO declaration, the development of several treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED) has provided more convenient alternatives and has dramatically increased medical and public interest in discussing sexual dysfunction in both men and women. The breadth of media coverage indicated that there is a dramatic lack of knowledge and lack of understanding regarding sexual health as a medically relevant topic, as well as a deep desire to discuss these issues.
The wealth of data obtained through treatment of men with ED has only begun to open the door to understanding the importance of sexual health to the men, to their partners, to relationships, and to society in general. Continuing research is essential to elucidate how sexual health impacts relationships, quality of life, and societal roles of men and women over the age of 40. This knowledge has the potential to empower clinicians to more effectively diagnose and treat these conditions and, in turn, to trigger additional in-depth scientific research to further enhance the quality of life in this population.
I found the page about how important is sex in your overall life interesting because it broke down desire for sex by country.
Men are more interested in sex than women.
Canadians are more interested in sex than Americans.
Italians ranked highest in the European category, followed by Sweden, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, and the U. K.
Koreans ranked highest in the Asian category.
Moroccans ranked highest in the African & Middle Eastern category, followed by Israelis.
The page about overall general health was also interesting. 29% of men and 38% of women reported that their overall health was poor or fair. Those are high numbers.
Another interesting graph was for how happy have you been with your life in the past year. Only 44% of women and 47% of men reported that they were very or extremely happy. That’s less than half.
Most men and women have sex less than once per week. Next in line was 1 – 6 times per week.
Most people don’t believe that older people don’t want to have sex.
Even though the study is sponsored by a drug company, it is interesting in that it shows global attitudes about sex and sexuality. It was a fun read.