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Evaluation of Sexual Dysfunction in Females With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Author(s): Sibel Arslan Cebeci | Hakan Genç | Hatice Rana Erdem | Barış Nacir | Aynur Karagöz

Journal: Türkiye Fiziksel Tip ve Rehabilitasyon Dergisi
ISSN 1302-0234

Volume: 58;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 36;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Rheumatoid arthritis | sexual dysfunction

ABSTRACT
Ob­jec­ti­ve: To investigate the influence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on sexual functioning in female patients and to compare the results with data from the general population. Metarials and Methods: One hundred women with RA and 45 age- and body mass index-matched healthy women were included in the study. Clinical parameters, health status of the patients during activities of daily living, functional classifications of patients, activity of disease, scores of articular index, hand grip values, laboratory activity parameters and radiological damage at the hands, wrists, ankles, knees, and hips were evaluated. The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and the Beck Depression Index (BDI) were used in both groups. Correlations between the disease parameters and the total score and individual scores of 6 domain structure of FSFI (desire, subjective arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain) were analysed. Results: The mean age of the patients was 44.8±8.2 (21-60) years and controls was 44.7±8.5 (26-59) years (p>0.05). Total and subunit FSFI scores were significantly lower in RA group than in controls (p

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