1 in 10 worried about sexual impulses

Doctors 'should be alert to high number' of people distressed about their sexual urges

Findings that show almost one in 10 people are distressed about their sexual behaviour and impulses have implications for doctors, researchers say.

Just over 10% of men and 7% of women report feeling distressed or impaired over their difficulty controlling sexual feelings, urges and behaviours, according to the results of a US study in JAMA Network Open.

“The high prevalence of this prominent feature associated with compulsive sexual behaviour disorder has important implications for healthcare professionals and society,” the researchers write.

“Healthcare professionals should be alert to the high number of people who are distressed about their sexual behaviour, carefully assess the nature of the problem within its sociocultural context, and find appropriate treatments for both men and women.”

The researchers from the University of Minnesota, in the US,