Female Sexual Dysfunctions and Urogynecological Disorders

Emillio Sacco,1 Daniele Tienforti2

1. Urologic Clinics, “Agostino Gemelli” Hospital, Department of Surgical Sciences, Catholic University Medical School of Rome, Italy
2. Urologic Surgery, Columbus Integrated Complex Hospital, Rome, Italy

Disclosure: No potential conflict of interest
Citation: EMJ – Urology, 2013: 1, 92-99


Female sexual dysfunctions are a highly prevalent and often-underestimated health problem and include disorders of sexual desire, arousal, orgasm and sexual pain, associated with self-distress. Pathophysiology of female sexual dysfunctions is complex and still poorly understood, although it has been related to several biological, medical and psychological factors. Amongst women, urogynecological disorders such as urinary incontinence, overactive bladder syndrome, bladder pain syndrome and pelvic organ prolapse, have been found to be associated with sexual dysfunctions, although the biological and psychological bases of these associations are poorly investigated. Data on sexual function impact of these conditions come from several cross-sectional or community-based, epidemiological studies based on self-administered validated psychometric tools. This review focuses on the most relevant available evidence on the impact of urogynecological disorders and related surgical treatments on female sexual function.

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