The sexual health of women has an effect on their wellbeing, with those who are more sexually satisfied enjoying better vitality, a new report suggested.
In research led by Dr Sonia Davidson, from Monash University in Australia, women between the age of 20 and 65 were interviewed about how satisfying they find their sex lives and a number of questions on their general wellbeing.
Dr Davidson pointed out that the research is difficult to interpret, because it is hard to tell whether sexual dissatisfaction is the cause or the effect.
However, she added: "This finding highlights the importance of addressing these areas as an essential part of women's healthcare, because women may be uncomfortable discussing these issues with their doctor."
Women's sexual problems have previously been harder to test for than men, because they relate more to sexual desire and pleasure as opposed being physically able to have sex.
A recent study at the Indiana University indicated that women who feel more positively about female genitals tend to find it easier to orgasm.