Is Sexual Dysfunction Associated with Diabetes Control and Related Factors in Women with Diabetes?

Sexuality and Disability (Impact Factor: 0.72). 01/2011; 29(3):251-261. DOI: 10.1007/s11195-011-9209-5

ABSTRACT This study was performed to evaluate the sexual dysfunction (SD) in women with diabetes and to correlate SD with the factors
related to diabetes and its control. The study was conducted in 310 non-pregnant women with diabetes, 19years and over. Socio-demographic
characteristics and other factors related to diabetes were evaluated using Participant Information Form. The Arizona Sexual
Experience Scale was used to evaluate sexual function. Rate of SD was found as 46.7%. SD was frequent in sexual desire(36.8%),
satisfaction from orgasm(25.5%) and orgasm(24.8%). Type of diabetes and treatment, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, BMI
were not associated with SD (P>0.05). SD increased with age, HbA1c, high number of diabetic complications and poor education (P<0.05). An one unit increase in HbA1c value caused 19.1% of dysfunction increase on sexual dysfunction, 23.2% on drive, 20.7% on satisfaction from orgasm and 17.5%
on orgasm(P<0.05). Increasing HbA1c, number of diabetic complications and low literacy should be considered as risk factors of SD and evaluated in routine clinical
care of women with diabetes.


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    ABSTRACT: This descriptive study investigated the relationship between depression and perceptions of sexuality in people with type II diabetes. The study population comprised all patients who came for check-ups at the polyclinic for diabetes at Istanbul Okmeydani Training and Research Hospital between November 2010 and February 2011. One hundred patients were willing to participate in the study and met the participant criteria. Socio-demographic characteristics, perceptions of sexuality, and other factors related to diabetes were evaluated from information provided by participants. The Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) was used to evaluate depression. Results revealed an average depression score of 16.34 ± 8.06. The average level of depression was higher in women, those whose level of education was low, and the unemployed. Of the participants, 53% reported that diabetes has affected their sex life adversely. There was no relationship between level of depression and aspects of the illness. However, level of depression was related to sexual satisfaction. Findings suggest that depression and sexually related problems should be addressed when providing care for people diagnosed with type II diabetes.
    Sexuality and Disability 31(1). · 0.72 Impact Factor


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