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Dis Colon Rectum. 1996 Jun;39(6):610-4.

Sexual function following restorative proctocolectomy in women.

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  • 1Department of Colorectal Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio 44195, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study was undertaken to identify the incidence and type of sexual dysfunction experienced by women after undergoing restorative proctocolectomy.

METHODS:

A questionnaire was sent to 262 females who underwent restorative proctocolectomy by a single surgeon from 1984 to 1993. The response rate was 35 percent (92/262). Additional information was gained from our pelvic pouch data base. Mean follow-up was 43 (6-130) months.

RESULTS:

Following surgery, a significant increase was found in vaginal dryness, dyspareunia, pain interfering with sexual pleasure, and limiting of sexual activity because of concerns of stool leakage. There was no significant change in sexual desire, arousal, sensitivity, frequency of intercourse, or satisfaction with sexual relationship.

CONCLUSION:

Potential sexual dysfunction following restorative proctocolectomy in women merits discussion in preoperative counseling with the patient.

PMID:
8646943
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