Assessment of sexual function and quality of life in mid-aged Afro-descendent Colombian women
Dr. ALVARO MONTERROSA-CASTRO
8 slide(s) – English – 2012-03-28
ASSESSMENT OF SEXUAL FUNCTION AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN MID-AGED AFRO-DESCENDENT COLOMBIAN WOMEN
Aim. To study the association between sexual function and quality of life in mid-aged women while controlling socio-demographic and clinical factors.
Method. This was a cross-sectional study that included 859 otherwise healthy mid-aged Afro-Colombian women (353 premenopausal, 199 perimenopausal and 307 postmenopausal) were requested to fill out the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS), and a socio-demographic questionnaire. A FSFI total score of <26.56 was suggestive of female sexual dysfunction (FSD). Correlations between the measures of all tools were analyzed.
Results. Mean age for the sample was 48.4 ± 5.6 years (range 40-59); 46.3% had low schooling, 4.7% used hormone therapy, and 8.2 were smokers. A 57.3% of women had FSFI scores suggestive of FSD (43.3% in pre-, 57.3% in peri-, and 73.3% in postmenopausal women). FSFI total scores displayed significant correlations with total (-0.446), somatic (-0.345), psychic (-0.453) and urogenital (-0.329) MRS scores (rho Spearman analysis). Upon multivariate analysis FSFI scores were related to female age, menopause status, parity, years of study, marital status and having a partner.
Conclusion. In this mid-aged female series, sexual function was significantly related to poor quality of life.
Key words. Female Sexual Function Index, Menopause Rating Scale, quality of life, sexuality, menopause