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British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2231-0614,Vol.: 4, Issue.: 36 (21-31 December)


Evaluation of the Female Sexual Dysfunction in a Sample of Iranian Infertile Women


Zahra Basirat1, Hajar Pasha1*, Sedigheh Esmailzadeh1 and Mahbobeh Faramarzi2

1Fatemeh Zahra Infertility and Reproductive Health Research Center, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran.
2Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Babol university of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran.

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(1) Salomone Di Saverio, Emergency Surgery Unit, Department of General and Transplant Surgery, S. Orsola Malpighi University Hospital, Bologna, Italy.


(1) Eugenio Ragazzi, University of Padova, Italy.

(2) Shahla Alalaf, College of Medicine, Hawler Medical University, Iraq.

(3) Anonymous

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Introduction: Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is recognized as a widespread health problem. Infertility may result in increased sexual dysfunction. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of FSD and some demographic characteristic with female sexual function; detect predictors factors of female sexual domains on sexual dysfunction a sample of Iranian infertile women.
Methodology: The cross-sectional study was carried out between August 2013 and January 2014 on 208 women referring to Fatemeh Zahra Infertility & Reproductive Center, Babol, Iran. Each survey contains demographic information and one validated questionnaire, the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI). A score≤ 26.55 is considered ‘‘at risk’’ for sexual dysfunction. Statistical analyses were performed using Independent sample t test, linear and logistic regression with P<.05 indicating statistical significance. All statistical analyses were performed using SPSS software (Version 17).
Results: The percentage of sexual dysfunction was 46.6. The mean score of total sexual function was 26.18±4.14. The lowest mean of FSFI domains was related to desire and then arousal in infertile women. There was a significant association between all of the domains of sexual function with sexual function. All of the female sexual domains had the positive significant predictors of sexual function in infertile women. Standardized beta values showed that orgasm contributed to the greatest amount of unique variance to the model for infertile women sexual function, and followed by sexual satisfaction, sexual arousal, lubricant, sexual desire, and sexual pain (P<.001). There was a significant correlation between the domains of sexual function except pain and desire. The strongest correlation value was between the domains of sexual satisfaction and orgasm, and then arousal with orgasm. There was a significant association between sexual dysfunction and educational level, husband’s educational level, and infertility cause.
Conclusions: With considering to the high prevalence of sexual dysfunction in selected infertile women, therefore, early screening is needed for detecting predictor's factors o sexual dysfunction.

Keywords :

Female sexual function index (FSFI); sexual dysfunction; infertility; risk factors.

Full Article - PDF    Page 5825-5838

DOI : 10.9734/BJMMR/2014/11737

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