Korean J Androl.  2007 Dec;25(3):112-117.

Sexual Dysfunction in Female Patients on Hemodialysis

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Cheju National University, Jeju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Cheju National University, Jeju, Korea. urohjs@cheju.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE: We sought to identify the prevalence of sexual dysfunction and to evaluate the six domains of sexual function in female hemodialysis patients.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
We undertook a cross-sectional study based on self-administered questionnaires and reviews of laboratory data that were collected from February to June 2007. A total of 49 women (mean age 52.3 years) from eight dialysis units were enrolled. Sexual function was assessed by the Korean version of the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI).
RESULTS
Forty-one patients (83.7%) reported sexual dysfunction during the prior 6 months. The mean score for sexual function in the sexual dysfunction group was 15.1, much lower than 29.6 for the normal sexual function group (t=10.2, p=0.000). In the six domains of sexual function for the dysfunction group, orgasm (range 0~6.0) was 2.4, desire (range 1.2~6.0) 1.9, and arousal (range 0~6.0) 1.9. The sexual dysfunction group was significantly older in age and lower in serum albumin level as compared with normal sexual function group.
CONCLUSIONS
Sexual dysfunction in female patients on hemodialysis was highly prevalent. Interventions to promote orgasm, desire, and arousal in female patients on hemodialysis should be developed.

Keyword

Female sexual dysfunction; Hemodialysis

MeSH Terms

Arousal
Cross-Sectional Studies
Dialysis
Female*
Humans
Orgasm
Prevalence
Surveys and Questionnaires
Renal Dialysis*
Serum Albumin
Serum Albumin
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