Use of the Italian translation of the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) in routine gynecological practice

Rossella E. Nappi, Francesca Albani, Patrizia Vaccaro, Barbara Gardella, Andrea Salonia, Luca Chiovato, Arsenio Spinillo, Franco Polatti

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Abstract

Aims. To investigate domains of sexual function in healthy women attending a gynecological office for routine annual check-up using the Italian translation of the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) according to age, reproductive status and hormonal treatments; and to confirm the usefulness of the FSFI in detecting relevant clinical entities. Methods. Of 720 women (age range 18-65 years), 564 (78%) filled in a short anamnestic questionnaire and the FSFI assessing desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain. A semi-structured DSM-IV-TR clinical interview was administered to a convenience sample of women selected according to the quartile distribution of the median full scale FSFI score. Analysis of data was performed by frequency tables and non-parametric statistics. Results. The median full scale score of FSFI in our study population was 27.6 (lower quartile: 18.7, upper quartile: 30.9) and the percentage of women under the lower quartile of the distribution was 24.4%. Sexual function decreased progressively with age, being significantly lower after 30 years and after 60 years (χ2=52.6; p=0.0001). Menopausal women had significantly lower median FSFI full scale score compared with fertile women and women who used oral contraception (OC) (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-219
Number of pages6
JournalGynecological Endocrinology
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Arousal
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Libido
  • Lubrication
  • Menopause
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Orgasm
  • Satisfaction
  • Sexual pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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