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With Infertility May Come Sexual Dysfunction
Infertile women face an increased risk for sexual dysfunction, a new study reports.
Stanford University researchers compared a group of infertile women, who averaged about 36 years old, with a group of fertile women, who averaged about 33 years old. Their weight and years of education were similar. The average length of infertility was 3.4 years, and 45 percent had been through in-vitro fertilization.
Scores on the Female Sexual Function Index showed that 40 percent of the infertile women were at risk for sexual dysfunction, compared with 25 percent of the others. Infertile women had significantly lower scores on desire and arousal, reported less frequent intercourse and masturbation and had lower scores for sex life satisfaction.
The findings were published online recently in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Read more.