Impact of overactive bladder and lower urinary tract symptoms on sexual health in Japanese women

Tomoko Sako, Miyabi Inoue, Toyohiko Watanabe, Ayano Ishii, Teruhiko Yokoyama, Hiromi Kumon

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Introduction and hypothesis: This study aims to assess whether lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) affect sexual function in Japanese females. Methods: A multi-component questionnaire was mailed to 576 female hospital workers. It contained the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and a self-administered questionnaire pertaining to LUTS. Results: Of the 276 responses (overall response rate, 47.9%), 146 questionnaires were evaluable. LUTS had been experienced by 72 (49.3%) of the respondents, 17 (11.6%) had urge urinary incontinence, and 35 (24.0%) had stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The mean overall FSFI score was 22.4 ± 9.0. The mean FSFI score was not significantly different between women with LUTS and women without LUTS (23.2 ± 9.3 and 21.6 ± 8.8, respectively; P = 0.057). However, the mean FSFI score of women with SUI was significantly lower than that of women without it (P = 0.04). No other symptoms showed significant differences in FSFI scores. Conclusions: Our results suggest that sexual dysfunction is related to SUI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


  • Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI)
  • Female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD)
  • Female sexual dysfunction (FSD)
  • Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)
  • Overactive bladder (OAB)
  • Stress urinary incontinence (SUI)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Urology


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