The Issue of Infertility and Sexual Function in Turkish Women

Oskay U. Y. , Beji N. K. , Serdaroglu H.

SEXUALITY AND DISABILITY, vol.28, no.2, pp.71-79, 2010 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11195-010-9158-4
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.71-79
  • Keywords: Sexuality, Female sexual function index, Infertility, Women, Turkey, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, RISK-FACTORS, PREVALENCE, IMPACT
  • Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa Affiliated: Yes


The study was planned to evaluate the sexual function in infertile women. In the course of this study, 308 infertile and 308 fertile women were interviewed. Female Sexual Function Index was used to assess the relationship between infertility and female sexual function. The total FSFI score was 24.58 +/- A 5.45 in the infertile group versus 26.55 (p < 0.01) in the fertile control group. In the infertile group, 61.7% of the women had scores, which was accepted as high risk for female sexual dysfunction. The specific domains that appeared to be most impacted were desire, arousal and orgasm. The rate of women who had reported presence of a sexual problem in male partner were significantly higher in the infertile group (p < 0.05). The prevalence of sexual dysfunction in infertile women was higher than the fertile control group. Sexual dysfunction in infertile women was found to be associated with age, partner's age, duration of marriage, duration of infertility, and duration of treatment and frequency of intercourse.