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9: Sexual function in women with urinary incontinence

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    • 9.1: Introduction
      Urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse can adversely affect almost every aspect of a woman’s life, including her sexuality. Sexual function is complex and impacts the woman to affect the perception of her own image and the formation of relationships with others.
    • 9.2: Prevalence
      FSD and urinary incontinence
    • 9.3: Etiology of Sexual Dysfunction
      The etiology of FSD is multi dimensional including physiological and psychological factors, and interpersonal and sociocultural influences.
    • 9.4: Evaluation of FSD
      Currently there are no completely reliable instruments available to measure or diagnose sexual dysfunction. It is essential that a women’s sexual function causes personal distress before the clinician makes a diagnosis of FSD. Sexuality is only one aspect of quality of life (QOL). The World Health Organization defines QOL as not only the absence of disease, but also complete physical, social and mental wellbeing.
    • 9.5: Treatment of Urinary Incontinence and Female Sexual Dysfunction
      In most studies looking at the outcomes of treatment for urinary incontinence, objective measures of continence outcomes are usually the primary aims and sexual function is usually assessed as a secondary outcome.

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