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Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine
Research and Clinical Center for Infertility, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences of Yazd
ISSN: 1680-6433
EISSN: 2008-2177
Vol. 12, No. 8, 2014, pp. 539-546
Bioline Code: rm14077
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Vol. 12, No. 8, 2014, pp. 539-546

 en Sexual dysfunction in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome and its affected domains
Eftekhar, Tahereh; Sohrabvand, Farnaz; Zabandan, Neda; Shariat, Mamak; Haghollahi, Fedyeh & Ghahghaei-Nezamabadi, Akram

Abstract

Background: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is presented with characteristic complications such as chronic an ovulation, obesity, and hyperandrogenism which can affect sexual function in women of reproductive age.
Objective: Herein we evaluated the frequency and predisposing factors of sexual dysfunction in infertile PCOS patients.
Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 130 married women with a definite diagnosis of PCOS who were referred due to infertility were recruited. They were evaluated concerning their sexual function in the domains of desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain with the female sexual function index (FSFI) questionnaire.
Results: The frequency of sexual dysfunction was verified 57.7% in PCOS patients with the domains of desire and arousal being commonly affected in 99.2% and 98.5% of cases respectively. BMI had a significant effect on sexual desire and arousal (p=0.02) while the effect of hirsutism was significant on all domains (p<0.001 for total FSFI score) except for dyspareunia.
Conclusion: PCOS patients markedly suffer from sexual dysfunction as comorbidity. It seems appropriate to screen all PCOS patients for sexual function with a simple short questionnaire such as FSFI. Targeted interventions could be considered to help improve their quality of life along with other treatments.

Keywords
Polycystic ovary syndrome; Physiological sexual dysfunction; Infertility; Psychological sexual dysfunction; Libido; Arousal

 
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