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Female (Chinese nurses) sexual function and the impact of kids’ return on it during the summer holiday

Zhang, Y1; Ma, G1; Li, X1; Feng, J1; Yang, X1; Wu, X1; Chen, S1; Luo, S1

1: The Third Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Objective: In China, nurses are a special occupational group, it is reported that more than 50% of them suffered from female sexual dysfunction (FSD). The tension between medical staff and patients will worsen this situation. Furthermore, in the summer holiday, does kids’ return aggravates FSD and so that we need to pay more attention to their quality of life?

Material and Method: A cross-sectional survey was conducted from Aug.15 to Aug.31, 2017. For the survey, all married female nurses in the Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, the People's Hospital of Jiangmen and the Jiangmen Central Hospital were selected as study participants. The questionnaire included questions regarding the general characteristics of participants and their kids, the psychological state of participants over the past week and the female sexual function index during the last 4 weeks.

Result: A total of 123 participants aged 24-47 (mean age, 36.54±5.50) years were included in the analysis. According to the cutoff value of 25.0, 44 (36.8%) individuals were screened with FSD. Single-factor analysis or multiple-factor analysis showed that the more number of kids, got up earlier, sleep later, less siesta, stress, anxiety and depression during summer holiday would affect nurses' sexual activity, including reducing female sexual function index (FSFI) . When being asked "Do you agree that the wife character will be suppressed by the mother character during the summer holiday?" 54 (43.9%) nurses answering "Yes" and 69 (56.1%) nurses answering "No". About the question "Does the frequency of your sexual activities change during the summer holiday?" 33 (26.8%) nurses answering "Decreased", 88 (71.5%) nurses answering "nearly" and only 2(1.6%) answering "Increased". Statistical significance was found for the time of getting up(P=0.033), sleeping(P=0.004), siesta(P<0.001) and sleeping quality(P<0.001) between the "Decreased" group and "Nearly" group.

Conclusion: The prevalence of FSD of Chinese nurses(36.8%) is lower than general population. During the summer holiday, the frequency of mothers' sexual activities may decrease due to the changing of timetable, another reason is to some extent, the wife character would be suppressed by the mother character during the summer holiday.


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