Topics of Interest

Fibroids and Sexuality

The Effect of Myoma Uteri and Myomectomy on Sexual Function.

Authors: Devrim Ertunc, Roza Uzun, Ekrem C Tok, Arzu Doruk, and Saffet Dilek

Study from: Mersin University School of Medicine, Mersin, Turkey.

Journal: Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2009;6:1032-38.

Problem: To my knowledge this is the first good study of sexual issues for women with fibroids before and after myomectomy surgery.

Study: The authors studied 80 women with fibroids and 75 women without fibroids using an established questionnaire to determine how women felt about sexual matters before and after myomectomy surgery. Specifically, the questionnaires asked about libido, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain with intercourse.

Findings: Women with fibroids had worse pain and over-all sexual satisfaction scores than women without fibroids, but there were no differences in libido, arousal, lubrication or orgasm. Fibroids on the top of the uterus (fundal) and in the back wall of the uterus (posterior) caused more pain with intercourse. Women with a very large fibroid uterus had worse sexual satisfaction and pain with intercourse. Due to the relief of pain, total sexual satisfaction improved for most women after a myomectomy.

Author’s Conclusions: Fibroids appear to interfere with sexual satisfaction mainly due to pain during sexual intercourse, although fibroids do not seem to have an effect on libido, arousal, lubrication or orgasm. Myomectomy may alleviate pain during intercourse, and thereby improve sexual satisfaction.

Dr Parker’s Comments: There have been very few studies examining the effect of fibroids on women’s sexual satisfaction, and even fewer on the effects of different treatment options on sexual satisfaction. For that reason, the current findings that women with fibroids have more pelvic pain with intercourse and that myomectomy appears to help many of these women are good steps in helping women understand their symptoms. Similar research with regard to other treatment options including uterine artery embolization, focused ultrasound, mefipristone, etc, are sorely needed.

The Effect of Myoma Uteri and Myomectomy on Sexual Function.

Authors: Devrim Ertunc, Roza Uzun, Ekrem C Tok, Arzu Doruk, and Saffet Dilek

Study from: Mersin University School of Medicine, Mersin, Turkey.

Journal: Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2009;6:1032-38.

Problem: To my knowledge this is the first good study of sexual issues for women with fibroids before and after myomectomy surgery.

Study: The authors studied 80 women with fibroids and 75 women without fibroids using an established questionnaire to determine how women felt about sexual matters before and after myomectomy surgery. Specifically, the questionnaires asked about libido, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain with intercourse.

Findings: Women with fibroids had worse pain and over-all sexual satisfaction scores than women without fibroids, but there were no differences in libido, arousal, lubrication or orgasm. Fibroids on the top of the uterus (fundal) and in the back wall of the uterus (posterior) caused more pain with intercourse. Women with a very large fibroid uterus had worse sexual satisfaction and pain with intercourse. Due to the relief of pain, total sexual satisfaction improved for most women after a myomectomy.

Author’s Conclusions: Fibroids appear to interfere with sexual satisfaction mainly due to pain during sexual intercourse, although fibroids do not seem to have an effect on libido, arousal, lubrication or orgasm. Myomectomy may alleviate pain during intercourse, and thereby improve sexual satisfaction.

Dr Parker’s Comments: There have been very few studies examining the effect of fibroids on women’s sexual satisfaction, and even fewer on the effects of different treatment options on sexual satisfaction. For that reason, the current findings that women with fibroids have more pelvic pain with intercourse and that myomectomy appears to help many of these women are good steps in helping women understand their symptoms. Similar research with regard to other treatment options including uterine artery embolization, focused ultrasound, mefipristone, etc, are sorely needed.

Share/Save/Bookmark

Disclaimer: The ideas, procedures and suggestions contained on this web site are not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. All matters regarding your health require medical supervision.

Post a Comment

Your email is never shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

 
Fibroid Doctor William H. Parker

Dr. William H. Parker is a board-certified Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Parker is an internationally recognized expert in fibroid surgery and research. Based in Los Angeles, California, he is considered one of the best fibroid surgeons for abdominal and laparoscopic myomectomy in the United States and abroad. He has been chosen for Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors every year beginning in the late 90's.

Free Email Updates

Powered by Google FeedBurner : Receive free updates right to your inbox every time new content is added to this website.


Subscribe
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Read Dr. Parker's Blog

Blog Categories