The Impact of COVID−19 on Female Sexual Health

Anna Fuchs, Aleksandra Matonóg, Joanna Pilarska, Paulina Sieradzka, Mateusz Szul, Bartosz Czuba, Agnieszka Drosdzol-Cop
2020 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health  
Coronavirus disease (COVID−19), announced as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, recently has dominated people's lifestyle. The impact of COVID−19 seems to be relevant to the sexual health as well. Methods: This prospective study was conducted on two occasions involving 764 female patients between March and April 2020—before and during the time of social quarantine. The sexual function was assessed using the Polish version of the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI). Every patient
more » ... Every patient filled out the survey concerning socio-demographic characteristics as well as the influence of SARS-CoV−2 pandemic on their lives. Results: The overall FSFI score before the pandemic was 30.1 ± 4.4 and changed to 25.8 ± 9.7 during it. Scores of every domain: desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain decreased as well (p < 0.001). There was statistically significant association between the workplace and the change of FSFI scores before and during COVID−19 pandemic (p < 0.01). We noticed the biggest decrease in FSFI score in the group of women who did not work at all (5.2 ± 9.9). Religion had a statistically important impact on level of anxiety (p < 0.01). Conclusion: The main finding of our study was the influence of COVID−19 pandemic on the quality of sexual lifestyle and frequency of intercourse among Polish women.
doi:10.3390/ijerph17197152 pmid:33007804 fatcat:qtb5uzkybzbp7de3kgzrqjchzu