Correlations Of Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome With Female Sexual Activity

Aug 10th, 2010 | By healthnews | Category: Health

Main Category: Urology / Nephrology
Also Included In: Sexual Health / STDs;  Women’s Health / Gynecology
Article Date: 10 Aug 2010 – 5:00 PDT

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Many researchers have reported that chronic pain leads to sexual dysfunction. The greater the severity of pain, the greater is the degree of sexual dysfunction. Yoon and Yoon from Seoul, Korea conducted a questionnaire-based, cross sectional study to examine in detail whether pain and voiding symptoms are correlated with the sex lives of patients with IC/BPS.

Eighty-seven female patients diagnosed with IC/BPS were evaluated with the Bristol female lower urinary tract symptom questionnaire. Of these, 39 were menopausal. Eight met a definition of “interstitial cystitis” because they had glomerulations on endoscopy, and the remainder of the 87 patients were designated “painful bladder syndrome.” No distinction was otherwise made between these groups. The mean age of the patients was 51 years and at the time of diagnosis the mean disease duration was 63-147 days. Perhaps because these patients were newly symptomatic, every patient answered “yes” to having “recent sexual activity.”

A slight positive correlation was found between patient age and vulvodynia. There was a moderate negative correlation between age and dyspareunia. Vulvodynia scores were worse in menopausal women than in non-menopausal women, but dysparueunia scores were better. Inhibited sex life and dyspareunia showed positive correlation with vulvodynia, as would be expected. Overall, 38.5% of these women had no problems with sexual intercourse and 33.8% had no dyspareunia. Forty percent of the patients experienced urinary incontinence during sexual intercourse.

The authors note that the severity of symptoms caused increased sexual dysfunction. This paper adds to the ever-growing literature on the negative effects of this disease on sexual functioning in the female.

Yoon HS, Yoon H

Korean J Urol. 2010 Jan;51(1):45-9.
doi: 10.4111/kju.2010.51.1.45

Written by Contributing Editor Philip M. Hanno, MD, MPH

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