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J Pediatr Urol. 2014 Jun;10(3):418-23. doi: 10.1016/j.jpurol.2013.07.016. Epub 2013 Aug 27.

Sexual function of young women with myelomeningocele.

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1
Département d'Urologie, Transplantation Rénale et Andrologie, CHU Rangueil, TSA 50032, 31059 Toulouse Cedex 9, France. Electronic address: xaviergame@hotmail.com.
2
Département de Chirurgie Viscérale Infantile, Hôpital des Enfants, Toulouse, France.
3
Département d'Urologie, Transplantation Rénale et Andrologie, CHU Rangueil, TSA 50032, 31059 Toulouse Cedex 9, France.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the sexual function of young women with spina bifida and myelomeningocele and to determine the factors influencing their sexual function.

METHODS:

A postal cross-sectional study using a self-administered questionnaire was performed in 44 women, mean age 27.66 ± 5.89 years, with spina bifida and myelomeningocele. The questionnaire included the Brief Index of Sexual Functioning for Women and questions about voiding mode, urinary symptoms, socioeconomic status, education level, lifestyle, and partnership. In parallel, data were also collected from the paediatric surgery records of patients who returned the questionnaire.

RESULTS:

The response rate was 56.8% (25/44). All domains of female sexual function (thoughts/desires, arousal, frequency of sexual activity, receptivity/initiation, pleasure/orgasm, relationship satisfaction) were altered. Urinary incontinence was likely to be the main factor responsible for altered sexual function and was associated with lower thoughts/desires, arousal, and receptivity/initiation scores. Wearing pads also constituted a limitation to achieving intimacy.

CONCLUSIONS:

Young myelomeningocele women report poor sexual functioning. The presence of urinary incontinence is associated with lower thoughts/desire, arousal, and receptivity/initiation.

KEYWORDS:

BISF-W; Myelomeningocele; Neurourology; Sexual function; Spina bifida

PMID:
23992838
DOI:
10.1016/j.jpurol.2013.07.016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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