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Table 3 Reports of sexual satisfaction 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 satisfaction rating Women % Men %
 After Cancer Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying Total Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying Total
Before Cancer
Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying 58.8 (20) 41.2 (14) 6.7 (34) 40 (2) 60 (3) 4.3 (5)
Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying 48.1 (227) 51.9 (245) 93.3 (472) 44.6 (50) 55.4 (62) 95.7 (112)
Total 48.8 (247) 51.2 (259) (506) 44.4 (52) 55.6 (65) (117)
  χ2 = 186.49***    χ2 = 39.93***   
  ≤55 Years of Age ≥56 Years of Age
 After Cancer Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying Total Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying Total
Before Cancer
Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying 50.00 (12) 50.0 (12) 6.5 (24) 66.7 (10) 33.3 (5) 6.0 (15)
Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying 50.6 (175) 49.4 (171) 93.5 (346) 42.6 (100) 57.4 (135) 94.0 (235)
Total 50.5 (187) 49.5 (183) (370) 44.0 (110) 56.0 (140) (250)
  χ2 = 140.34***    χ2 = 84.15***   
  Reproductive Cancer Non-Reproductive Cancer
 After Cancer Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying Total Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying Total
Before Cancer
Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying 60.0 (18) 40.0 (12) 5.5 (30) 44.4 (4) 55.6 (5) 11.8 (9)
Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying 49.5 (253) 50.5 (258) 94.5 (511) 34.3 (23) 65.7 (44) 88.2 (67)
Total 50.1 (271) 49.9 (270) (541) 35.5 (27) 64.5 (49) 76
  χ2 = 217.36***    χ2 = 10.32**   
  ≤2 Years Since Diagnosis ≥3 Years Since Diagnosis
 After Cancer Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying Total Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying Total
Before Cancer
Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying 64.7 (11) 35.3 (6) 6.5 (17) 50.0 (11) 50.0 (11) 6.1 (22)
Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying 44.9 (110) 55.1 (135) 93.5 (245) 49.3 (166) 50.7 (171) 93.9 (337)
Total 46.2 (121) 53.8 (141) (262) 49.3 (177) 50.7 (182) (359)
  χ2 = 91.46***    χ2 = 133.99***   
  ≤15 Years in Current Relationship ≥16 Years in Current Relationship
 After Cancer Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying Total Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying Total
Before Cancer
Highly Unsatisfying; Unsatisfying 40.0 (8) 60.0 (12) 8.0 (20) 76.5 (13) 23.5 (4) 4.8 (17)
Adequate; Satisfying; Highly Satisfying 50.0 (115) 50.0 (115) 92.0 (230) 45.7 (154) 54.3 (183) 95.2 (337)
Total 49.2 (123) 50.8 (127) (250) 47.2 (167) 52.8 (187) (354)
  χ2 = 81.92***    χ2 = 140.51***   
  1. **p < .01; ***p < .001.
  2. Note: Numbers in parentheses are the total number of participants in each category.