Correlation Between Stress and Sexual Dysfunction During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Savanya Nganvivattavorn
Pansak Sukraroek
Atiwut Kamutmas
Phawit Norchai


Objective: To study the correlation between stress and sexual dysfunction during COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods: A sample of Thai people aged 20-59 who completed an online survey through social media via convenience sampling technique from January 15 – 17, 2021. Participants self-reported their stress level and screened for sexual dysfunction using the Suanprung stress questionnaire and Arizona Sexual Experience Scale in their Thai versions. The chi-square test and binary logistic regression analyzed the correlation between stress and sexual dysfunction with statistical significance at the level of 0.10.

Results: During the COVID-19 epidemic, the prevalence of high and very high stress levels was 65%. The prevalence of sexual dysfunction was 2%. Factors associated with stress were sexual orientation, age, education co-morbidities, income, and expenses. The factors associated with sexual dysfunction were gender, marital status, and stress. Binary logistic regression showed people with severe and very severe stress were twice as likely to have sexual dysfunction as those with normal stress levels, with OR = 1.086 (95% CI = 0.404-2.922).

Conclusion: The World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 is a pandemic. Currently, data on sexual medicine and stress during the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand are limited. The COVID-19 outbreak affects health, business, and economy and causes stress and sexual dysfunction. These problems should be addressed holistically.

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Nganvivattavorn, S., Sukraroek, P. ., Kamutmas, A. ., & Norchai, P. . (2023). Correlation Between Stress and Sexual Dysfunction During COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand, 68(2), 207–217. Retrieved from
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