Indians shy of discussing sex, reveals survey

October 1st, 2008 - 10:04 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Discussions on sex is a major concern of couples in India where it ranks seventh in priorities for men and near the bottom for women, a survey of sexual habits of people in the Asia Pacific region has revealed. “Although India was among the top for sexual satisfaction - 73 percent of those studied claimed they were satisfied - discussion about sexual experience is still a major concern among couples,” said Rosie King, renowned Australian sexologist.

The information about sexual patterns in India was unveiled by King, micro surgeon and andrologist Rupin Shah and director of Medical and Regulatory Affairs Chandrashekhar Potkar at a press conference here.

In India, men and women both ranked a higher than sex the issues of family life, overall physical health, being a spouse or partner, financial wellbeing, being a parent and career.

The study - titled Asia Pacific Sexual Health and Overall Wellness (APSHOW) - was conducted in 13 countries by Pfizer International.

At least 57 percent of men and 64 percent of women in the Asia-Pacific region are not satisfied with their sex life and many of them prioritise sex only after family life, career and financial well-being, according to the study released here Wednesday.

In 10 countries, including Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Hong Kong internet-based questionnaires were used for the survey. But in India, China and Thailand face to face interviews were carried out with subjects.

According to Potkar, the study aims at encouraging people to seek help for issues regarding sexual health.

The Philippines at 52 percent, Taiwan 51 percent and New Zealand 40 percent followed on the list of sexual satisfaction. Japan had the lowest figure - only 10 percent were sexually satisfied.

Interestingly, APSHOW survey also says sex plays a more important role for men than in women. While aspects like orgasm was more important to men, in general women put greater importance on physical foreplay, according to the study.

King added: “Sub-optimal levels or lower levels of erection in men have negative impacts on both men and women. It affects romance and life overall.”

Shah said: “Medical intervention for erectile dysfunction does not have adverse effects. Viagra is a prescription drug and is not addictive. It can be a one time or long-term treatment. It is mostly used for aging men for treating erectile dysfunction. In younger men, therapy and counselling works well.”

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