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Sexuality and psychological wellbeing in women with polycystic ovary syndrome compared with healthy controls.

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Mattias Månsson
Kajsa Norström
Jan Holte
Kerstin Landin-Wilhelmsen
Eva Dahlgren
Mikael Landén
Publicerad i European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology
Volym 155
Nummer/häfte 2
Sidor 161-165
ISSN 1872-7654
Publiceringsår 2011
Publicerad vid Institutionen för neurovetenskap och fysiologi
Institutionen för neurovetenskap och fysiologi, sektionen för psykiatri och neurokemi
Sidor 161-165
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2010.12...
Ämnesord Hyperandrogenism; Sexuality; Polycystic ovary syndrome; Testosterone; Infertility
Ämneskategorier Psykiatri


OBJECTIVES: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders affecting women of fertile age. The aim was to study whether PCOS has an effect on sexual functioning. STUDY DESIGN: Women meeting the Rotterdam criteria for PCOS (n=49), and 49 age-matched controls identified from the population registry, were recruited. Sexual functioning was assessed by means of (i) an in-person, structured interview covering various aspects of sexuality, and (ii) the nine-item McCoy questionnaire of female sexual satisfaction. Participants also completed the Psychological General Well-Being Index. RESULTS: Almost half the women with PCOS reported that the disorder had a great impact on their sex life. Despite having the same number of partners and about the same frequency of sexual intercourse, women with PCOS were generally less satisfied with their sex lives compared to the population-based controls. Within the group of women with PCOS, high body mass index had only a minor effect on sexual functioning, while the total serum level of testosterone correlated positively to sexual satisfaction. PCOS women scored numerically lower than controls on the McCoy total score, but this difference was not statistically significant. CONCLUSION: Women with PCOS reported decreased satisfaction with their sex life. Sexual function should be taken into account in treatment trials of PCOS, which traditionally target only symptoms related to insulin resistance, overweight, and hirsutism.

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