Urogenital Complaints and Female Sexual Dysfunction (Part 2) (CME)

Salim A. Wehbe, Susan Kellogg, Kristene Whitmore

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Introduction: Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is common in women with urogenital disorders that occur as a result of pelvic floor muscle and fascial laxity. Aim: Provide a comprehensive review of FSD as it relates to common urogenital disorders including pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and to discuss the impact of the surgical repair of these disorders on sexual function. Methods: Systematic search of the medical literature using a number of related terms including FSD, POP, SUI, surgical repair, graft augmentation, complications, and dyspareunia. Main Outcome Measures: Review of the medical literature to identify the relation between FSD and common urogenital disorders in women and to describe appropriate treatment strategies to improve quality of life (QOL) and sexual function. Results: FSD is common in women with POP and SUI. Treatment options for POP and SUI include behavioral, pharmacological, and surgical methods which can also affect sexual function. Conclusions: Sexual dysfunction is a common, underestimated complaint in women with POP and SUI. Treatment should be tailored toward improving sexual function and QOL. Surgical correction is generally beneficial but occasionally can result in negative alterations in sexual function. Patient selection and methods used for surgical repair are important factors in determining anatomical and functional success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2305-2317
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Sexual Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Coital Incontinence
  • Graft Complications
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence
  • Surgical Repair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Medicine


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