Sexual Dysfunction in Female Patients With Neurodermatitis


Ermertcan A. T. , Gencoglan G., Temeltas G., Horasan G. D. , Deveci A., Ozturk F.

JOURNAL OF ANDROLOGY, vol.32, no.2, pp.165-169, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.2164/jandrol.110.010959
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF ANDROLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.165-169

Abstract

Neurodermatitis is a chronic disease affecting the patient's psychosocial status and quality of life. It is associated with a variety of psychologic problems, including demoralization, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and sleep disturbances. Coexistence of sexual dysfunction, especially in women, with several systemic diseases has gained interest in recent years. In this study, we evaluated sexual function in female patients with neurodermatitis. We enrolled 89 women (43 patients, 46 controls) in the study. Quality of life was assessed with the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI), and the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) was used to determine sexual function. Individuals with psychiatric disorders and/or those using antidepressants were excluded. The total DLQI score was 11.95 +/- 5.65 in patients with neurodermatitis. The total FSFI score was significantly lower in patients compared with healthy controls (22.76 +/- 5.31 and 28.83 +/- 3.50, respectively; P=.001). Domain scores of FSFI (desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and satisfaction) except pain were significantly lower in patients with neurodermatitis (P=.001). The pain score was also lower in patients than controls, but the difference was not statistically significant (P=.073). Neurodermatitis may be associated with sexual dysfunction, and patients with neurodermatitis should be evaluated with regard to sexual function to provide a better quality of life.