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Sexual distress and quality of life among women with bipolar disorder

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Background:
Information on the association between bipolar disorder (BD), sexual satisfaction, sexual function, sexual distress and quality of life (QoL) is sparse. This study aims, in women with BD, to (i) investigate sexual dysfunction,
sexual distress, general sexual satisfaction and QoL; (ii) explore whether sexual distress was related to affective symptoms and (iii) investigate whether QoL was associated with sexual distress. The study is a questionnaire survey in
an outpatient cohort of women with BD using: Changes in Sexual Functioning Questionnaire, Female Sexual Distress Scale, Altman Self-Rating Mania Scale (ASRM), Major Depression Inventory (MDI) and The World Health Organisation
Quality of Life-Brief.

Results:
In total, 61 women (age range 19–63, mean 33.7 years) were recruited. Overall, 54% reported sexual distress (n = 33) and 39% were not satisfied with their sexual life (n = 24). Women with BD were significantly more sexually
distressed in comparison with Danish women from the background population but they did not have a higher prevalence of impaired sexual function. Better sexual function was positively associated with ASRM scores while MDI scores
were associated with more distress. Finally, the group of non-sexually distressed women with BD reported higher QoL scores compared with the sexually distressed group.

Conclusions:
Women with BD exhibited a high prevalence of sexual distress and their sexual function seemed Associated with their actual mood symptoms and perception of QoL.

Keywords:
Sexual distress, Sexual functioning, Quality of life, Bipolar disorder
OriginalsprogEngelsk
ArtikelnummerDOI 10.1186/s40345-017-0098-0
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Bipolar Disorders
Vol/bind5
Udgave nummer1
Antal sider9
ISSN2194-7511
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StatusUdgivet - dec. 2017

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