Sun, Mar 03, 2002 - Page 2 News List

Survey says most women pleased with their sex life

SEX STUDY Although 24 percent of women have never experienced an orgasm, gynecologists say Taiwanese men should feel encouraged by the results of recent research

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Local gynecologists yesterday released a survey that shows 80 percent of Taiwanese women are satisfied with their sex life.

Another 62.7 percent regard it as an illness when they have sexual problems with their partners. However, only 2.4 percent will seek help from doctors when they encounter such problems.

Other items in the survey show that 12.1 percent have lost their desire to have sex; 24 percent have never experienced an orgasm and 10.1 percent said it feels painful when they have sex.

Chen Szu-ming (陳思銘), director of the Department of Gynecology at the Adventist Hospital (台安醫院), said that the survey shows the majority of Taiwanese women were mentally satisfied rather than physically satisfied when it comes to sex.

"Eighty percent of our interviewees were satisfied with their sex life, however, 24 percent of them have never known what a climax is," Chen said.

"Usually, you will not be satisfied or happy with something if you don't know the essence of it. But for women, they can still feel pleasure during sexual intercourse if they are treated well mentally," Chen said.

He also said that Taiwanese men should be encouraged and feel more confident.

"Many men don't really understand what women need," he said. "It doesn't matter what size you are. It's how you treat your loved one that count."

The survey was conducted by gynecologists from the Taipei Medical University Hospital (台北醫學大學附設醫院), the Wan Fang Municipal Hospital (萬芳醫院), the Adventist Hospital and the Taichung Hospital (台中醫院).

The study interviewed patients who are sexually active and came to see gynecologists between December last year and January.

Of the 940 people who submitted complete surveys, 84 percent were married and 66 percent have children. The average age was 36.

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