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Ginekologia i Położnictwo medical project
ISSN 1896-3315 e-ISSN 1898-0759

Sexual life quality in women with physical disability


Abstract

Author(s): AGNIESZKA DROSDZOL-COP1, KATARZYNA SZUŚCIK2, ADAM SZUŚCIK1,RYSZARD PLINTA2, MAGDALENA JAGIEŁA1, VIOLETTA SKRZYPULEC-PLINTA1

Introduction. In accordance with the Declaration of Sexual Rights, adopted by the World HealthOrganization (WHO) Sexual rights are universal human rights based on the inherent freedom,dignity and equality of all human beings.The Aim.The aim of the study was to evaluate sexual life quality in women with physicaldisability.Material and methods. The study involved a population of 87. women aged 18-45. years. Theresearch group consisted of 43 physically disabled women and the control group – 44 sexuallyactive healthy women at the same age. The study tool was a questionnaire consisting of a generalpart (socio-demographic data, medical and gynecological history), a part dedicated to sexualbehaviors and Female Sexual Function Index to asses sexual life.Results. The mean age of the research group was 33.02±8.63 years compared with 29.48±5.39in controls. 72% of physically disabled women had an sexual partner; 30% of them and 50%of healthy ones used contraception. The studied women gained significantly lower scores inthree FSFI domains: sexual desire, lubrication and sexual pain compared with the controls.Clinically significant sexual disorders were diagnosed in 41.86% of women with physicaldisability and in 13.64% of healthy ones (p=0.003).Conclusions. Physical disability determines the outcome of sexual disorders in women.