JOURNAL OF SEX & MARITAL THERAPY, cilt.28, ss.55-62, 2002 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is considered to play, a principle role in the etiopathogenesis of sexual dysfunction both in men and women. The aim of this study is to evaluate sexual function in Type II diabetic women. A total of 72 young diabetic women (mean age: 38.8 years) with no other systemic diseases and 60 age-matched healthy women were enrolled in our study. We sought from them a detailed medical and sexual history and used the index of Female Sexual function (IFSF) questionaire (Kaplan et al., 1999). The mean IFSF score of diabetic women was 29.3 +/- 6.4 and was 37.7 +/- 3.5 in normal cases (P < 0.05). Lack of libido was the most common symptom in diabetics and was observed in 77% of the women. Diminished clitoral sensation was observed in 62.5% of the women, 37.5% complained of vaginal dryness and 41.6% had vaginal dyscomfort. Orgasmic dysfunction was found in 49% of the women. The incidence of all these related symptoms were significantly bigger when compared to controls. We concluded that significant percentage of diabetic women that we observed experience sexual dysfunction of varying degrees that diminishes their quality of life.