” yet, the number of women who suffer from sex-related issues is significant: A 2010 of 31,000 women ages 18 and older found that 43 percent had some sort of sexual problem. A 2006 study showed that low libido affects 38 percent of women and another from 2011 showed 25 percent of women reported having experienced pain during intercourse.
But the prevalence of sexual concerns doesn’t coincide with women feeling comfortable asking their doctors about those issues: In the study on pain during intercourse, only two percent of women sought help from their physicians.
“Many women are suffering in silence,” Lindau said. “Patients are often reluctant to bring up sexual difficulties because of fear the physician will be embarrassed or will dismiss their concerns. Doctors should be taking the lead.”