The Sexuality of Women Treated for Infertility
ESC Congress Library. Stadnicka G. May 28, 2014; 50641; A-226
Dr. Grazyna Stadnicka
Dr. Grazyna Stadnicka
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It was the aim of this work to analyse the sense of general satisfaction with life and the assessment of its influence on the occurrence of sexual disorders in women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).


The research was carried out on 234 patients of the infertility clinic in Lublin, in the period between October 2012 and June 2013. The research implemented the WHOQOL questionnaire, and the FSQ-28 scale. The questionnaires for the survey were sent by email or handed out in person. The following study draws on the test results gathered from 72 female participants who have been recognised as suffering from PCOS. Statistical analysis was performed with the use of the Chi-squared test, the Shapiro-Wilk test, Mann-Whitney U and Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient, on the basis of the computer program Statistica 10.0 (StatSoft, Poland).


The average age of the researched group was estimated at 26.53. The average value of the BMI in the surveyed group equalled 24.68, SD 4.45, where 26.39%,(n=19) of the respondents were found to be overweight, and 13.89%, (n=10) obese. The average quality of life of the surveyed group members was good (Median 4.00), however, the general perception of one’s health had been assessed to be worse (Median 3.00). The period of the infertility treatment proved to be the decisive influence on the particular spheres of life. The surveyed women who have been undergoing treatment for the period between 4 to 6 years experienced a statistically important worse quality of life when juxtaposed with the females who have undergone a therapy for up to 3 or longer than 6 years. The aforementioned correlation has been asserted in the sphere of the general perception of health, (p=0.02), the assessment of the quality of life in the physical domain, (p=0.02), psychological, (p=0.01), social relations, (p=0.02) and society, (p=0.01). In the assessment of the sexual activity and the disorders associated with it, it was observed that desire (avg.18.68), arousal (avg. 12.69), orgasm (avg. 9.66), pleasure (avg. 19.61) were within the score range indicating borderline sexual function.


Women suffering from PCOS and being treated for infertility are characterised by a generally good quality of life and are within the score range indicating borderline sexual function.

The feeling of satisfaction with one’s life conditions the occurrence of sexual disorders in women at particular stages of the sexual response.

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