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Sexual function and qualify of life in women with spina bifida: Are the women with spina bifida satisfied with their sexual activity?

Authors
 Eun Kyoung Choi  ;  Sang Woon Kim  ;  Yoonhye Ji  ;  Seoung‐Wha Lim  ;  Sang Won Han 
Citation
 NEUROUROLOGY AND URODYNAMICS, Vol.37(5) : 1785-1793, 2018 
Journal Title
 NEUROUROLOGY AND URODYNAMICS 
ISSN
 0733-2467 
Issue Date
2018
Keywords
quality of life ; sexual function ; spinal dysraphism ; women
Abstract
AIMS: As the life expectancy of persons with spina bifida increases, sexual life in adulthood presents a considerable challenge for this population. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sexual function of young women with spina bifida and its impact on their quality of life (QOL). METHODS: To assess sexual function and QOL by using self-administered questionnaires (Female Sexual Function Index [FSFI] and 36-Item Short Form Health Survey) in young women with spina bifida, we collected data from 44 young women with spina bifida between June 2013 and October 2013 at the spina bifida clinic of our hospital. RESULTS: Sexual dysfunction was noted in 55.5% of women with spina bifida who had sexual activity in the previous month. In sexually active women, the diagnosis, ventriculoperitoneal shunt in situ, mobility, and clean intermittent catheterization did not show a significant difference between each subdomain (desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain) and the total FSFI score. However, women who did not have urinary incontinence experienced better sexual function in terms of lubrication and pain scores (P = 0.033 and P = 0.026, respectively). Both the physical and mental composites of QOL were positively weakly correlated with the arousal score of FSFI (r = 0.455, P = 0.044 and r = 0.507, P = 0.023, respectively). CONCLUSIONS: More than half of sexually active women with spina bifida experience sexual dysfunction. Therefore, health-care providers should pay attention to the symptoms and their management.
Full Text
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/nau.23525
DOI
10.1002/nau.23525
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Urology (비뇨의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Internal Medicine (내과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Sang Woon(김상운) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5790-1948
Jhee, Jong Hyun(지종현)
Choi, Eun Kyoung(최은경) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4622-2437
Han, Sang Won(한상원) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0941-1300
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/163170
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