Research Reports - Sexual functioning, desire, and satisfaction in women with TBI

Behav Neurol. 2015;2015:247479. doi: 10.1155/2015/247479. Epub 2015 Oct 18.

Strizzi J(1), Olabarrieta Landa L(2), Pappadis M(3), Olivera SL(4), Valdivia
Tangarife ER(4), Fernandez Agis I(1), Perrin PB(5), Arango-Lasprilla JC(6).

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can substantially alter many areas of a person's
life and there has been little research published regarding sexual functioning in
women with TBI. Methods. A total of 58 women (29 with TBI and 29 healthy
controls) from Neiva, Colombia, participated. There were no statistically
significant differences between groups in sociodemographic characteristics. All
58 women completed the Sexual Quality of Life Questionnaire (SQoL), Female Sexual
Functioning Index (FSFI), Sexual Desire Inventory (SDI), and the Sexual
Satisfaction Index (ISS). Results. Women with TBI scored statistically
significantly lower on the SQoL (p < 0.001), FSFI subscales of desire (p < 0.05),
arousal (p < 0.05), lubrication (p < 0.05), orgasm (p < 0.05), and satisfaction
(p < 0.05), and the ISS (p < 0.001) than healthy controls. Multiple linear
regressions revealed that age was negatively associated with some sexuality
measures, while months since the TBI incident were positively associated with
these variables. Conclusion. These results disclose that women with TBI do not
fare as well as controls in these measures of sexual functioning and were less
sexually satisfied. Future research is required to further understand the impact
of TBI on sexual function and satisfaction to inform for rehabilitation programs. 

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