Sexual Experiences of Men with Incontinent Partners



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  1. Errata: ERRATA Volume 7, Issue 6, 2295, Article first published online: 1 June 2010

Milou Bekker, MD, Urology, Leiden University Medical Centre, Albinusdreef 2, Leiden, 2333 ZA, the Netherlands. Tel: 0031 71 5265255; Fax: 0031 71 5248135; E-mail:


Introduction.  Several studies show that urinary incontinence (UI) impairs women's sexual functioning and sexual satisfaction. However, there is no scientific knowledge about the effects of UI on sexual functioning of the male partners.

Aim.  To analyze sexual functioning of the male partners of females with UI.

Methods.  During a period of 2.5 years all new female patients and their partners (both groups aged 18 years and older), who presented at our outpatient clinic for urological evaluation, were asked for demographic characteristics, medical history, and referral indication including the main urological complaint. In addition they were asked to fill in the Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction questionnaires about sexual functioning.

Main Outcome Measures.  Sexual function measured by the Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction questionnaire.

Results.  A total of 189 sexually active couples completed the questionnaires. Eighty-one (42.9%) of the women had UI as main urological complaint. Differences were found between women with UI and those without. Women with UI have a lower overall sexual function (P = 0.02), lower frequency of intercourse (P = 0.02), more problems with communication (P = 0.036), and more often show avoidable behavior with regard to sexual activity. (P = 0.002) Men with partners with UI showed a diminished overall sexual function (6.66 ± 1.53) compared with men with women without UI (5.95 ± 1.22, P = 0.001). Furthermore, comparisons of subscales also demonstrate a lower frequency of intercourse (5.62 ± 2.00, 6.49 ± 1.96), less satisfaction (8.08 ± 2.79, 9.69 ± 3.63), and more erectile problems (6.01 ± 2.28, 6.87 ± 3.23) in men with partners with UI. (P = 0.03, P = 0.001, P = 0.037)

Conclusions.  This study shows that female urinary incontinence correlates with their partners’ overall sexual functioning and sexual satisfaction. In addition, significant differences were found with regard to the satisfaction with one's sex life between a woman with UI and her partner. Bekker MD, Beck JJH, Putter H, van Driel MF, Pelger RCM, Weijmar Schultz WC, Lycklama à Nijeholt GAB, and Elzevier HW. Sexual experiences of men with incontinent partners. J Sex Med 2010;7:1877–1882.