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COVID-19 pandemic effect on female sexual function

Orkun Ilgen1, Sefa Kurt1, Ceren Aydin1, Egehan Bilen1, Hakan Kula1
DOI: 10.5603/GP.a2021.0084
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Pubmed: 33914325
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Abstract

Objectives: To determine the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on female sexual functions among Turkish women.

Material and methods: The present study was performed by using the previous study data that was conducted before the pandemic to detect female sexual function by using questionnaires. Comparison of Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) scores in women during and before the pandemic. Participants were asked to fill questionnaire forms again.

Results: FSFI scores of the participants were higher before the pandemic, however, this finding was not statistically significant (21.8 vs 21.0, p = 0.27). BAI and BDI scores with high scores accompanied by anxiety and depression were found statistically significantly higher in the study (11.2 vs 13.3, p < 0.01; 10.0 vs 13.7, p < 0.01; respectively). BAI scores had a negative correlation with FSFI scores, however, BDI scores had not a significant correlation with FSFI scores in the present study (p < 0.01, correlation coefficient = –0.302; p = 0.07; correlation coefficient = –0.183; respectively).

Conclusions: Pandemic seems not to affect female sexual behavior. However, the pandemic is associated with anxiety and depression.

Abstract

Objectives: To determine the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on female sexual functions among Turkish women.

Material and methods: The present study was performed by using the previous study data that was conducted before the pandemic to detect female sexual function by using questionnaires. Comparison of Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) scores in women during and before the pandemic. Participants were asked to fill questionnaire forms again.

Results: FSFI scores of the participants were higher before the pandemic, however, this finding was not statistically significant (21.8 vs 21.0, p = 0.27). BAI and BDI scores with high scores accompanied by anxiety and depression were found statistically significantly higher in the study (11.2 vs 13.3, p < 0.01; 10.0 vs 13.7, p < 0.01; respectively). BAI scores had a negative correlation with FSFI scores, however, BDI scores had not a significant correlation with FSFI scores in the present study (p < 0.01, correlation coefficient = –0.302; p = 0.07; correlation coefficient = –0.183; respectively).

Conclusions: Pandemic seems not to affect female sexual behavior. However, the pandemic is associated with anxiety and depression.

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Keywords

COVID-19; pandemic; female sexual function

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Title

COVID-19 pandemic effect on female sexual function

Journal

Ginekologia Polska

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Ahead of Print

Article type

Research paper

Published online

2021-04-28

DOI

10.5603/GP.a2021.0084

Pubmed

33914325

Keywords

COVID-19
pandemic
female sexual function

Authors

Orkun Ilgen
Sefa Kurt
Ceren Aydin
Egehan Bilen
Hakan Kula

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