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Effects of Yoga on Sexual Function in Women with Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Authors

  • Ha-Na Kim MD, MSc,

    1. Department of Family Medicine, St. Vincent Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea
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  • Jungsu Ryu MA,

    1. Department of Sport and Leisure Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
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  • Kyung-Soo Kim MD, PhD,

    1. Department of Family Medicine, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea
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  • Sang-Wook Song MD, PhD

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    1. Department of Family Medicine, St. Vincent Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea
    • Corresponding Author: Sang-Wook Song, MD, PhD, Department of Family Medicine, St. Vincent Hospital, 93 Jungbudaero, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do 442-723, Republic of Korea. Tel: +82-31-249-8230; Fax: +82-31-248-7404; E-mail: sswkoj@unitel.co.kr

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Abstract

Introduction

Female sexual dysfunction is an important public health issue; it has a high global prevalence, but no effective and safe treatment options. The prevalence of sexual dysfunction is higher in women with metabolic syndrome than in the general population.

Aim

The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of yoga as a treatment for sexual dysfunction in women with metabolic syndrome.

Methods

In this randomized, controlled study, 41 women with metabolic syndrome (age 30–60 years) were assigned to a 12-week yoga exercise group (n = 20) or a wait-listed control group (n = 21).

Main Outcome Measures

Primary end points were changes in total and individual domain scores on the Female Sexual Function Index.

Results

The 12-week yoga intervention resulted in significant improvement in arousal (0.74 ± 1.18 vs. 0.16 ± 0.82, respectively; P = 0.042) and lubrication (0.72 ± 1.12 vs. 0.06 ± 0.87, respectively; P = 0.008) compared with the control group. Systolic blood pressure showed significantly greater improvement in the yoga group than in the control group at the 12-week follow up (−3.5 ± 13.7 vs. 2.0 ± 14.7, respectively; P = 0.040).

Conclusion

These findings suggest that yoga may be an effective treatment for sexual dysfunction in women with metabolic syndrome as well as for metabolic risk factors. Kim H-N, Ryu J, Kim K-S, and Song S-W. Effects of yoga on sexual function in women with metabolic syndrome: A randomized controlled trial. J Sex Med 2013;10:2741–2751.

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