Sexual function in women attending a urogynecology clinic

D. Gordon, A. Groutz*, T. Sinai, A. Wiezman, J. B. Lessing, M. P. David, D. Aizenberg

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Abstract

The study prospectively evaluated the relationship between sexual dysfunction and urodynamic diagnoses in 100 consecutive female patients referred for urogynecologic evaluation. Sexual function was evaluated by a detailed questionnaire that addressed four phases of the sexual cycle: desire, arousal, orgasm and satisfaction. Each phase of the sexual cycle was assessed separately using a score of 1-4. Total sexual function (TSF) score was calculated by combining the scores of the four examined parameters (range 4-16). Analysis revealed statistically significant (P < 0.05) lower TSF scores in patients with detrusor instability (DI) than in those with genuine stress incontinence, sensory urge or mixed urodynamic diagnoses (8.65 ± 4 versus 12.22 ± 3.6, 10.25 ± 4.1 and 11.47 ± 4.1, respectively). Three per cent of the elderly women (> 60 years) compared to 29% of the younger women (≤ 60 years) reported urinary incontinence during sexual activity. Sexual function should therefore be routinely evaluated in women presenting with urinary symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-328
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

Funding

FundersFunder number
US Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Public Health Service
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

    Keywords

    • Detrusor instability
    • Sexual function
    • Urinary incontinence

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