Female Sexual Function and the Pelvic Floor

Sarit O. Aschkenazi;   Roger P. Goldberg


Expert Rev of Obstet Gynecol. 2009;4(2):165-178. 

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Assessment of Female Sexual Function

At present, the only validated sexual function questionnaire for women with POP and/or urinary incontinence is the Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Incontinence Sexual Function Questionnaire (PISQ)[30]. The PISQ has also been validated in Spanish[31,32]. The same authors later developed a shorter version of the questionnaire; the PISQ-12 consisting of 12 selected questions from the long form[33]. The PISQ-12 was shown to be valid and reliable, with excellent responsiveness. Being condition specific, it has been widely used in studies assessing PFDs and sexual dysfunction. Recently, an abbreviated form of the PISQ-12 was created, the PISQ-9, and, together with the short form PISQ-12, this has been validated in a general female sexually active population with suggested normative values[34]. This provides an additional tool for use in comparative studies in women with and without PFDs.


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