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Women With Overactive Bladder (OAB) at Higher Risk for Sexual Dysfunction

Oct 02, 2017

The key to this finding is the hormone estrogen, which declines dramatically at menopause. This drop can lead to irritation in the bladder as well as vaginal dryness and sexual pain, the study authors said. 

Urge incontinence can also hamper sexual function. Some women find that they need to use the bathroom in the middle of sex. Or, they might leak urine during sexual activity. In these situations, women may feel less attractive, ashamed, and nervous about how their partner will react. They may lose their sexual confidence or interest. 

Healthcare providers should be aware of the connection between OAB and female sexual dysfunction, the authors noted. 

The study was published online in June in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. 

Resources

Journal of Sexual Medicine

Juliato, Cássia Raquel Teatin MD, PhD, et al.

“Does the Severity of Overactive Bladder Symptoms Correlate With Risk for Female Sexual Dysfunction?”

(Full-text. Published online: June 13, 2017)

http://www.jsm.jsexmed.org/article/S1743-6095(17)31191-8/fulltext 

Urology Care Foundation 

“What is Overactive Bladder (OAB)?”

https://urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/overactive-bladder-(oab) 

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