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

M Algars, Pekka Santtila, Patrik Jern, A Johansson, M Westerlund, Kenneth Sandnabba

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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.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)26–34
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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

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