Lower urinary tract symptoms and sexual dysfunction in women

Andrea Salonia, Alberto Briganti, Andrea Gallina, Giuseppe Zanni, Federico Dehò, Patrizio Rigatti, Francesco Montorsi

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This article assesses the effects of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), not including urinary incontinence, on the overall sexual health of women, using literature that includes peer-reviewed articles. This article analyzes a number of studies that provide data on the prevalence and the predictors of sexual function impairment in women with LUTS, such as urinary urgency and frequency, overactive bladder syndrome, and interstitial cystitis. Because case studies provide substantial heterogeneity of outcome measures, this article does not apply meta-analytic techniques to the data. Most of the studies showed that LUTS can have a negative impact on the sexual health of women, sexual pain disorder being the more frequent complaint among patients with bladder dysfunctions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-90
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Sexual Health Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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