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01.12.2012 | Research | Ausgabe 1/2012 Open Access

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 1/2012

Procreative sex in infertile couples: the decay of pleasure?

Zeitschrift:
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes > Ausgabe 1/2012
Autoren:
Roberto Marci, Angela Graziano, Isabella Piva, Giuseppe Lo Monte, Ilaria Soave, Emilio Giugliano, Silvia Mazzoni, Roberta Capucci, Maria Carbonara, Stefano Caracciolo, Alfredo Patella
Wichtige Hinweise

Competing interests

Authors declare to have no commercial and/or financial interest with manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, laboratory supplies, and/or medical devices; they declare to have no relationship with commercial providers of medically related services.

Authors’ contribution

RM has substantially contributed to data collection, to the diagnostic process, to the preoperative and operative work up linked to the condition of the patient, to preparation, drafting and revising the final version of the manuscript. He also gave an extremely important intellectual support. AG has substantially contributed to design, to preparation, drafting and revising the final version of the manuscript and gave and significant intellectual support. IP has substantially contributed to design, to preparation, drafting and revising the final version of the manuscript and gave and significant intellectual support.
Lo Monte G has substantially contributed to design, preparation, drafting and revising the intellectual content of the final version of the manuscript. IS has substantially contributed to design, preparation, drafting and revising the intellectual content of the final version of the manuscript. EG has substantially contributed to design, preparation, drafting and revising the intellectual content of the final version of the manuscript. SM has substantially contributed to design, to preparation, drafting and revising the final version of the manuscript and gave and significant intellectual support. CR has substantially contributed to design, preparation, drafting and revising the intellectual content of the final version of the manuscript. MC has substantially contributed to data collection, to the diagnostic process, to the preoperative and operative work up linked to the condition of the patient, to preparation, drafting and revising the final version of the manuscript. He also gave an extremely important intellectual support. SC has substantially contributed to data collection, to the diagnostic process, to the preoperative and operative work up linked to the condition of the patient, to preparation, drafting and revising the final version of the manuscript. He also gave an extremely important intellectual support. AP has substantially contributed to data collection, to the diagnostic process, to the preoperative and operative work up linked to the condition of the patient, to preparation, drafting and revising the final version of the manuscript. He also gave an extremely important intellectual support. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract

Background

Infertility represents a major challenge to the emotional balance and sexual life of couples, with long-lasting and gender-specific effects. The objective of this study is to explore personality features of infertile patients and detect possible sexual disorders in couples undergoing infertility treatment.

Materials and methods

In this prospective study 60 infertile couples and 52 fertile control couples were asked to complete standardized and validated questionnaires: the Adjective Check List (ACL) to enquire about personality features and the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) or the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) to assess sexual functioning of female and male partners. The study population was divided into 3 groups: Group A (N = 30, recently diagnosed infertile couples) Group B (N = 30, infertile couples already undergoing Intrauterine Insemination) and Group C (N = 52, fertile control group).

Results

Infertile patients did not display any distinguishing personality features. Regarding sexual function, men of all the three groups scored higher in both questionnaires (sexual satisfaction, desire and orgasm) than their female partners. Comparing results between groups, Group A male partners obtained lower scores in all the subscales. Women belonging to Group A and Group B showed an impairment of sexual arousal, satisfaction, lubrification and orgasm when compared to fertile controls.

Conclusions

Even if at the very first stages of infertility treatment no personality disturbances can be detected, the couples’ sexual life is already impaired with different sexual disorders according to gender.
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