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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2008 Aug;102(2):110-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2008.03.013. Epub 2008 May 7.

Sexual function following pelvic floor surgery.

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  • 1Mayday University Hospital, Croydon, UK. ranee.thakar@mayday.nhs.uk



To prospectively evaluate sexual function in women who underwent surgery for incontinence and/or prolapse using the Pelvic Organ Prolapse-Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire (PISQ), and to provide a preliminary evaluation of the PISQ's psychometric properties for a population of women in the United Kingdom.


Women who underwent surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and/or urinary incontinence completed the PISQ, the Sheffield Prolapse Symptoms Questionnaire, and the King's Health Questionnaire preoperatively and 4 months postoperatively. Rates of item completion were assessed to evaluate the performance of the PISQ, and Cronbach alpha values and item-total correlations were calculated for the full scale and each of the 3 domains (behavioral-emotive, physical, and partner-related).


Thirty-five women responded to the questionnaire. Postoperatively an improvement was demonstrated for overall score (P=0.002), and for physical (P<0.001) and partner-related domains (P=0.004).


Women reported a significant improvement in sexual function 4 months after surgery for incontinence and prolapse.

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