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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: Women's Sexual Concerns Unraveled.
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PMID:  23347592     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
INTRODUCTION: Sexual function of women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or urinary incontinence (UI) is adversely affected. However, our current understanding of the exact relationship between female sexual dysfunction and POP and/or UI is incomplete. A qualitative study can improve our understanding by describing what women themselves perceive as the real problem. AIM: To gain a more in-depth understanding of the impact of POP and/or UI on the different categories of female sexual dysfunction by way of a qualitative study. METHODS: Qualitative semistructured interviews were conducted in 37 women scheduled for pelvic floor surgery, and one was excluded from analysis due to incomplete recordings. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The impact of POP and/or UI on female sexual function. RESULTS: Only 17% of women were completely positive about their sex life. Both POP and UI had a negative effect on body image. Women with POP had a negative image of their vagina, which caused them to be insecure about their partner's sexual experience, while women with UI were embarrassed about their incontinence and pad use, and feared smelling of urine. Worries about the presence of POP during sexual activity, discomfort from POP, and reduced genital sensations were the most important reasons for decreased desire, arousal, and difficulty reaching an orgasm in women with POP. Fear of incontinence during intercourse affected desire, arousal, and orgasm and could be a cause for dyspareunia in women with UI. Desire was divided into two main elements: "drive" and "motivation." Although "drive," i.e., spontaneous sexual interest, was not commonly affected by POP and/or UI, a decrease in "motivation" or the willingness to engage in sexual activity was the most common sexual dysfunction mentioned. CONCLUSIONS: Body image plays a key role in the sexual functioning of women with POP and/or UI with the biggest impact on women's "motivation."
Anne-Marie Roos; Ranee Thakar; Abdul H Sultan; Curt W Burger; Aggie T G Paulus
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of sexual medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1743-6109     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sex Med     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101230693     Medline TA:  J Sex Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 International Society for Sexual Medicine.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Croydon University Hospital, Croydon, Surrey, UK; Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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