Sexual function after vaginal surgery for stress incontinence: Results of a mailed questionnaire

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Objectives. To address the issue of sexual dysfunction after vaginal surgery for incontinence based on responses to a mailed questionnaire.Methods. A sexual function questionnaire was mailed to 93 women who underwent anterior vaginal wall suspension for stress urinary incontinence alone (group 1) or in conjunction with a concomitant posterior repair (group 2) at least 1 year previously.Results. A total of 56 (60%) women responded. Following surgery, 10 (37%) women in group 1 reported themselves as sexually active and 12 (41%) in group 2, which was similar to preoperative values. Only 1 woman in group 1 and 3 women in group 2 attributed their sexual inactivity to their own lack of desire or inability to have intercourse. Overall, 20% of women noted pain during intercourse, a finding slightly lower than the preoperative incidence (29%). No difference in the incidence of dyspareunia was noted between groups. Still, several women (18%) reported intercourse to be worse following surgery. Women who were either premenopausal or on hormone replacement therapy were more likely to be sexually active following surgery (46%) than those not on hormone replacement (17%).Conclusions. Overall, the percentage of women who were sexually active did not appear to be affected by a vaginal suspension procedure for incontinence. Symptomatic vaginal narrowing was rare, even among women undergoing simultaneous posterior repair. Still, nearly 20% of women considered intercourse to be worse postoperatively, although not all women reported dyspareunia. The possible causes for postoperative sexual dysfunction require further investigation. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-227
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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