The influence of infertility on sexual and marital satisfaction in Iranian women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a case-control study

Seyed-Abdolvahab Taghavi, Shahintaj Aramesh, Maryam Azizi-Kutenaee, Helen Allan, Tahereh Safarzadeh, Mojgan Taheri, Shohreh Salari, Zahra Khashavi, Fatemeh Bazarganipour
2021 Middle East Fertility Society Journal  
Background The purpose of the present study was to evaluate sexual and marital satisfaction in couples with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). A case-control study was conducted on 90 couples with PCOS and 90 healthy couples as a control group. Three measures were used to evaluate sexual function and marital satisfaction: the female sexual function index (FSFI), the Larson sexual satisfaction, and the ENRICH marital satisfaction measures. Results The results of this study show that the mean
more » ... that the mean scores of sexual function, sexual satisfaction, and marital satisfaction were significantly lower in PCOS couples compared with the control group (P < 0.05). Infertility was reported as the strongest predictive factor for sexual function and marital satisfaction in couples with PCOS (P < 0.05). Compared to the control group, sexual and marital satisfaction was lower in patients with PCOS and their partners. Conclusion Since infertility is the strongest predictive factor for the sexual health of couples with PCOS and sexual health is important in family health and marital life, sexual counseling may prove beneficial for these patients.
doi:10.1186/s43043-020-00047-y fatcat:rgtw7zeacbe7rbcquewbxx25va