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The Impact of Pelvic Floor Disorders and Pelvic Surgery on Women's Sexual Satisfaction and Function

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Address correspondence to Susan M. Yount, CNM, PhD, WHNP-BC, 2538 N. Orchard Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85712. E-mail: Susan.yount@frontier.edu

Abstract

Pelvic floor disorders have a significant impact on women's daily lives. Sexual health, which includes sexual satisfaction and function, can be altered by pelvic floor disorders and pelvic surgery. This article reviews common pelvic floor disorders (pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence) and the effect they have on sexual satisfaction and function. Associations between sexual function and pelvic floor disorders are described, as are the relationships between sexual function and pelvic surgery. Women of all ages need to know their options and understand the impact pelvic surgery can have on sexual satisfaction, function, and activity.

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