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Last time you had sex - value

This is a 5-digit variable that represents how long ago (in days, weeks, months, or years) the woman last had sexual intercourse, except for the following codes:

90000 = Logical edit - missing
99995 = Not interviewed (female questionnaire)
99996 = Not interviewed (household questionnaire)
99997 = Don't know
99998 = No response or missing
99999 = NIU (not in universe)


TIMESINCESEXVAL, together with TIMESINCESEX, reports how long ago the woman last had sexual intercourse.

Note that the codes in this variable are not reported in a specific unit of time i.e., days, weeks, months, or years. Rather, the unit of time in which the woman responded is reported in TIMESINCESEX. Users must use both TIMESINCESEXVAL and TIMESINCESEX to determine the exact amount of time since the woman last had sex.

The question associated with this variable was included in the female questionnaire.


There are no comparability issues.

Comparability with IPUMS-DHS

TIMESINCESEXVAL, together with TIMESINCESEX, can be used to create a variable similar to TIMESINCESEX in IPUMS-DHS. There may be differences in questionnaire text or the variable's universe; see the Survey Text and Universe Tab of the IPUMS-DHS variable for more information.


  • Women age 15-49 who have ever had sexual intercourse.


  • Burkina Faso: 2014-2018, 2020-2022
  • Congo (Democratic Republic): 2013-2021
  • Cote d'Ivoire: 2017-2018, 2020-2022
  • Ethiopia: 2014-2021
  • Ghana: 2013-2017
  • India: 2016-2018, 2020-2022
  • Indonesia: 2015-2016
  • Kenya: 2014-2021
  • Niger: 2015-2018, 2020, 2022-2023
  • Nigeria: 2014-2021
  • Uganda: 2014-2022