Vol 17, No 4 (2020)
Research paper
Published online: 2020-09-14
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Influence of physical activity level on quality of sex life: a pilot study

Joanna Agnieszka Smolarczyk-Kosowska, Andżelina Ngo, Sabina Ryl, Magdalena Piegza, Robert Pudlo
DOI: 10.5603/PSYCH.2020.0033
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Psychiatria 2020;17(4):196-203.

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Abstract

Introduction: We decided to run a research on how level of physical activity affects the quality of sex life.

Material and methods: The form consisted of original demographic questionnaire, short form of International Physical
Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ-SF) to asses physical activity level, Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and International Index
of Erectile Function (IIEF) for rating satisfaction of sexual life, adequately for women and men. For statistical analysis we
used program “Statistica 13.3”.

Results: We received answers from 255 women and 138 men. Among respondents 27 (10.59%) women had insufficient,
137 (53.72%) sufficient and 91 (35.69%) high level of physical activity and among men 22 (15.94%) presented
insufficient, 53 (38.41%) sufficient and 63 (45.65%) high level of physical activity. Sexual dysfunction has been noted
by 69 women (27.06%). Among men 26 (18.84%) manifested erectile dysfunction. The results of presented research
showed no statistically significant relation between level of physical activity and sex life satisfaction (p > 0.05).

Conclusions: Physical Activity do not impact on sex life satisfaction among young people.
The presence of a permanent sexual partner reduces the risk of female sexual dysfunction.

Abstract

Introduction: We decided to run a research on how level of physical activity affects the quality of sex life.

Material and methods: The form consisted of original demographic questionnaire, short form of International Physical
Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ-SF) to asses physical activity level, Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and International Index
of Erectile Function (IIEF) for rating satisfaction of sexual life, adequately for women and men. For statistical analysis we
used program “Statistica 13.3”.

Results: We received answers from 255 women and 138 men. Among respondents 27 (10.59%) women had insufficient,
137 (53.72%) sufficient and 91 (35.69%) high level of physical activity and among men 22 (15.94%) presented
insufficient, 53 (38.41%) sufficient and 63 (45.65%) high level of physical activity. Sexual dysfunction has been noted
by 69 women (27.06%). Among men 26 (18.84%) manifested erectile dysfunction. The results of presented research
showed no statistically significant relation between level of physical activity and sex life satisfaction (p > 0.05).

Conclusions: Physical Activity do not impact on sex life satisfaction among young people.
The presence of a permanent sexual partner reduces the risk of female sexual dysfunction.

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Keywords

physical activity, sexual satisfaction, IPAQ-SF, FSFI, IIEF

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Title

Influence of physical activity level on quality of sex life: a pilot study

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 17, No 4 (2020)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

196-203

Published online

2020-09-14

DOI

10.5603/PSYCH.2020.0033

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Psychiatria 2020;17(4):196-203.

Keywords

physical activity
sexual satisfaction
IPAQ-SF
FSFI
IIEF

Authors

Joanna Agnieszka Smolarczyk-Kosowska
Andżelina Ngo
Sabina Ryl
Magdalena Piegza
Robert Pudlo

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