Sexual function in women before and after transvaginal mesh repair for pelvic organ prolapse

Loïc Sentilhes, Aurélien Berthier, Fabrice Sergent, Eric Verspyck, Philippe Descamps, Loïc Marpeau
International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction 2008, 19 (6): 763-72
The aim of the study was to assess sexual function in women before and after surgery with transvaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse. Women were invited to complete a sexual function questionnaire including the Lemack and the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaires (PISQ-12) before undergoing surgery and 1 year after surgery. Eighty-three complete pre and postoperative questionnaires were analyzed. Mean age was 65.1 years. Forty-six were sexually inactive and 37 were sexually active women. Two sexually active women completed the preoperative PISQ-12 questionnaire retrospectively after surgery. There were no significant differences after surgery in the answers to the Lemack questionnaire and PISQ-12 scores. These results suggest that nonabsorbable transvaginal mesh repair of genital prolapse does not impair sexual function 1 year after surgery. Nevertheless, patients should not necessarily expect a significant improvement in sexual function outcome following transvaginal mesh repair for genital prolapse.

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