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Sexual function in women with urinary incontinence


To date limited data exists that addresses the impact of urinary incontinence on sexual function. In the present study, we assessed sexual functions in patients with urinary incontinence and compared with healthy continent subjects by means of Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) questionnaire. A total of 21 premenopausal incontinent women (three stress incontinence, nine overactive bladder and nine mixed incontinence) were enrolled in the study, and 18 healthy continent subjects served as controls. All subjects were asked to complete FSFI questionnaire and each FSFI domain scores including desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain were calculated. The mean scores in each domain were compared between the groups. Mean age of subjects with urinary incontinence and controls were 39.5±6.6 and 32.6±9.1 y, respectively. All domain scores were significantly lower in incontinent women except for pain. Among the incontinence types, no significant difference was determined in all domains of FSFI. Urinary incontinence significantly reduces sexual functions in premenopausal sexually active women.

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This study was presented as oral presentation at 6th Congress of European Society for Sexual Medicine on 16–19 November 2003, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Aslan, G., Köseoǧlu, H., Sadik, Ö. et al. Sexual function in women with urinary incontinence. Int J Impot Res 17, 248–251 (2005).

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