Sexual Body Image and Its Correlates: A Population-Based Study of Finnish Women and Men

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List of Authors: Algars M, Santtila P, Jern P, Johansson A, Westerlund M, Sandnabba NK
Publication year: 2011
Journal: International Journal of Sexual Health
Journal acronym: INT J SEX HEALTH
Volume number: 23
Issue number: 1
Start page: 26
End page: 34
Number of pages: 9
ISSN: 1931-7611


Sexual body image was examined in a population-based sample of 9,532 Finnish men and women, age 18 to 49 years. More than one half of women and men were satisfied with their genitals, one half of the women were satisfied with their breasts. Higher levels of genital satisfaction were related to higher frequencies of sexual behavior and better sexual function for both genders. For men, penis size satisfaction was associated with lower levels of premature ejaculation and better erectile function. Sexual body image was related to overall perceived attractiveness, for women a higher body mass index was related to satisfaction with breast size. Having children was negatively related to women's sexual body image, abortions and miscarriages likewise. Limitations of the study and clinical implications of the findings are discussed.


abortion, BMI, Body image, children, miscarriage, sexual function

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