• 1 Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kampus Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2 Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 3 School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia
  • 4 Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, 2010;11(1):64-71.


Objective: Female sexual dysfunction is a known complication of diabetes mellitus. The aims of this study is to estimate the prevalence of sexual dysfunction and the types of sexual dysfunction experienced by Malay women with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Methods: Cross sectional study was conducted on married Malay women with type 2 diabetes mellitus, receiving treatment from two community clinics in Selangor, Malaysia. Female sexual function was assessed using Malay version of Female Sexual Function Index.
Results: This study found that sexual dysfunction was present among 18.2% women. Lack of libido was the commonest symptom among these women and was observed in 40.9% of women followed by sexual dissatisfaction (36.4%). Sexual arousal disorder was observed in 22.7%, 18.2% complained of lack of lubrication, and 22.7% had vaginal discomfort. Orgasmic dysfunction was found in only 4.5% of these women.
Conclusion: This preliminary research showed sexual desire disorder was the commonest type of sexual disorder among diabetic women.