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Table 5 Associations of the sexual activity variables with analyzed explanatory variables among 52–56-year-olds. Cumulative Odds Ratios and 95% confidence intervals for the sexual activity issues for 6 models

From: Sexual activity and perceived health among Finnish middle-aged women

   Frequency of sexual experience Frequency of orgasm experience Lack of sexual desire
   Cumulative ORs for frequent sexual experience Cumulative ORs for frequent orgasm experience Cumulative ORs for no symptoms
52–56 YEARS   p-value COR 95% CI p-value COR 95% CI p-value COR 95% CI
MODEL 1 a Perceived health 0.048    0.042    0.001   
  poor   1.00    1.00    1.00  
  good   1.25 1.00–1.56   1.26 1.01–1.58   1.39 1.14–1.71
MODEL 2 a Perceived health 0.214    0.320    0.055   
  poor   1.00    1.00    1.00  
  good   1.15 0.92–1.45   1.13 0.89–1.42   1.23 1.00–1.51
  NATSb 0.001    <.001    <.001   
    0.84 0.76–0.93   0.79 0.71–0.88   0.74 0.68–0.82
MODEL 3 a Perceived health 0.231    0.481    0.488   
  poor   1.00    1.00    1.00  
  good   1.15 0.91–1.45   1.09 0.86–1.38   1.08 0.87–1.33
  PIb 0.014    <.001    <.001   
    0.88 0.79–0.97   0.80 0.71–0.89   0.66 0.60–0.73
MODEL 4 a Perceived health 0.284    0.595    0.524   
  poor   1.00    1.00    1.00  
  good   1.13 0.90–1.43   1.07 0.84–1.35   1.07 0.87–1.33
  PIb 0.514    0.039    <.001   
    0.96 0.84–1.09   0.87 0.76–0.99   0.69 0.61–0.78
  NATSb 0.015    0.015    0.121   
    0.86 0.76–0.97   0.85 0.75–0.97   0.91 0.82–1.02
MODEL 5 a Perceived health 0.292    0.573    0.427   
  poor   1.00    1.00    1.00  
  good   1.13 0.90–1.43   1.07 0.84–1.36   1.09 0.88–1.35
  PIb 0.532    0.050    <.001   
    0.96 0.84–1.09   0.88 0.77–1.00   0.69 0.61–0.77
  NATSb 0.014    0.015    0.139   
    0.86 0.76–0.97   0.85 0.75–0.97   0.92 0.82–1.03
  Strenuous exerciseb 0.725    0.368    0.221   
    1.02 0.93–1.12   1.04 0.95–1.15   0.95 0.87–1.03
MODEL 6 a Perceived health 0.296    0.569    0.862   
  poor   1.00    1.00    1.00  
  good   1.13 0.90–1.44   1.07 0.84–1.37   1.02 0.82–1.27
  PIb 0.622    0.101    <.001   
    0.97 0.85–1.10   0.89 0.78–1.02   0.76 0.67–0.85
  NATSb 0.016    0.026    0.112   
    0.86 0.76–0.97   0.86 0.75–0.98   0.91 0.81–1.02
  Strenuous exerciseb 0.667    0.382    0.358   
    1.02 0.93–1.12   1.04 0.95–1.15   0.96 0.88–1.05
  Menopausal symptomsb 0.358    0.021    <.001   
    0.96 0.87–1.05   0.89 0.81–0.98   0.47 0.43–0.52
  1. a. Adjusted for visit to physician and psychologist, having health examinations, sick leave, and life style change, use of heart medications, anti-depressants, sedatives, tranquilizers, and other medications (see methods).
  2. b. COR corresponds to change of standard deviation (sd). COR > 1 (COR < 1) corresponds with a tendency to have more (less) active sex life, to perceive more (less) orgasms, or to feel less (more) lack of sexual desire.