Biologic correlates of sexual function in women with stress urinary incontinence

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Introduction. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) has a great impact on the quality of life and sexual function. We hypothesized that specific risk factors for SUI may be correlated with reduced sexual function in women with SUI. Aims. To explore significant associations between the risk factors for SUI and female sexual function. Methods. Women with SUI (N = 223) were surveyed about their sexual function. Demographic data and clinical findings on pelvic examination and the 1-hour pad test were recorded. Sexually active respondents completed the short form of the Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire (PISQ-12). Main Outcome Measure. PISQ-12 and the correlation of the risk factors for SUI with PISQ-12 scores. Results. Of the 223 subjects, 68 (30%) reported no sexual activity for 6 months or more prior to the interview and did not respond to the PISQ-12. In comparison with the 155 (70%) of women who were sexually active, sexually inactive respondents were older and more likely to be postmenopausal and had a higher parity and more severe prolapse (all P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2871-2879
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sexual Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Risk Factor
  • Sexual Activity
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Urology


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