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Symptoms of Anal Incontinence and Impact on Sexual Function
Authors:  Minita Patel, M.D., David M. OSullivan, Ph.D., and Adam C. Steinberg, D.O.
  OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether symptoms of anal incontinence (AI) have an impact on sexual function in
a cohort of women with pelvic floor disorders and/or

STUDY DESIGN: We analyzed a cohort of women presenting to an academic urogynecology practice. The control group consisted of those who answered no to questions 9-11 on the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory. The AI group consisted of those selecting yes to at least 1 of these questions. Student t test was used to compare differences between groups for the Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire (PISQ-12).

RESULTS: The control group had a significantly lower mean score on the PISQ-12 than the AI group. There was no difference in PISQ-12 scores when controlling for stage of prolapse.

CONCLUSION: Symptoms of AI were not associated with worse sexual function as measured by the PISQ-12. (J Reprod Med 2009;54:493-498)
Keywords:  anal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual function
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