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Table 2 Reports of sexual frequency before and after the onset of cancer by gender, age, cancer classification, time since diagnosis and relationship duration

From: Perceived causes and consequences of sexual changes after cancer for women and men: a mixed method study

Sexual frequency rating Women % Men %
 After Cancer Never or Rarely Sometime; Often; Everyday Total Never or Rarely Sometime; Often; Everyday Total
Before Cancer
Never or Rarely 76.2 (48) 23.8 (15) 11.9 (63) 81.2 (13) 18.8 (3) 13.1 (16)
Sometime; Often; Everyday 49.3 (230) 50.7 (237) 88.1 (467) 34.9 (37) 65.1 (69) 86.9 (106)
Total 52.5 (278) 47.5 (252) (530) 41.0 (50) 59.0 (72) (122)
  χ2 = 186.92***    χ2 = 27.23***   
  ≤55 Years of Age ≥56 Years of Age
 After Cancer Never or Rarely Sometime; Often; Everyday Total Never or Rarely Sometime; Often; Everyday Total
Before Cancer
Never or Rarely 68.3 (28) 31.7 (13) 10.5 (41) 86.8 (33) 13.2 (5) 14.6 (38)
Sometime; Often; Everyday 48.0 (167) 52.0 (181) 89.5 (348) 44.6 (99) 55.4 (123) 85.4 (222)
Total 50.1 (195) 49.9 (194) (389) 50.8 (132) 49.2 (128) (260)
  χ2 = 130.05***    χ2 = 83.16***   
  Reproductive Cancer Non-Reproductive Cancer
 After Cancer Never or Rarely Sometime; Often; Everyday Total Never or Rarely Sometime; Often; Everyday Total
Before Cancer
Never or Rarely 84.8 (56) 15.2 (10) 11.7 (66) 27.3 (3) 72.7 (8) 13.4 (11)
Sometime; Often; Everyday 48.2 (240) 51.8 (258) 88.3 (498) 33.8 (24) 66.2 (47) 86.6 (71)
Total 52.5 (296) 47.5 (268) (564) 32.9 (27) 67.1 (55) (82)
  χ2 = 209.76***    χ2 = 26.26**   
  ≤2 Years Since Diagnosis ≥3 Years Since Diagnosis
 After Cancer Never or Rarely Sometime; Often; Everyday Total Never or Rarely Sometime; Often; Everyday Total
Before Cancer
Never or Rarely 80.0 (28) 20.0 (6) 6.5 (17) 74.4 (32) 25.6 (11) 7.4 (43)
Sometime; Often; Everyday 43.5 (104) 56.5 (135) 93.5 (239) 48.8 (162) 51.2 (170) 92.6 (332)
Total 48.2 (132) 51.8 (142) (274) 51.7 (194) 48.3 (181) (375)
  χ2 = 83.03***    χ2 = 130.06***   
  ≤15 Years in Current Relationship ≥16 Years in Current Relationship
 After Cancer Never or Rarely Sometime; Often; Everyday Total Never or Rarely Sometime; Often; Everyday Total
Before Cancer
Never or Rarely 65.6 (21) 34.4 (11) 12.2 (32) 87.8 (36) 12.2 (5) 11.2 (41)
Sometime; Often; Everyday 43.5 (100) 56.5 (130) 87.8 (230) 48.6 (158) 51.4 (167) 88.8 (325)
Total 46.2 (121) 53.8 (141) (262) 53.0 (194) 47.0 (172) (366)
  χ2 = 69.77***    χ2 = 141.74***   
  1. **p < .01; ***p < .001.
  2. Note: Numbers in parentheses are the total number of participants in each category.