Data for: Hysterectomy and sexual (dys)function: An analysis of sexual dysfunction after hysterectomy and a search for predictive factors
Abstract Objectives Research about sexual function after hysterectomy is inconclusive. Possible predictive factors for sexual (dys)function are yet to be identified. The aim of this study is to assess the effect of hysterectomy on sexual function in women 3 and 12 months after hysterectomy for benign indications. Furthermore hypothesized predictive factors will be evaluated. Methods A prospective multicentre cohort study with follow-up at 3 and 12 months after hysterectomy was performed. To assess sexual function a short-form FSFI was used, a score ≤ 19 means sexual dysfunction). Linear mixed model repeated measure analysis was used to assess changes in sexual function in women who were sexually active at all three measure points (N=260). Linear mixed model analyses were also used for the predictor analyses. Results The FSFI score increased from 20.94 at baseline to 23.81 at 12 months post hysterectomy. The number of women experiencing sexual dysfunction was 86 (33.1%). Women without preoperative sexual dysfunction had a significantly higher FSFI score 4.5 (95% CI 3.5-5.6) one year after the operation than women indicating sexual dysfunction before surgery. Women who were living alone had a significantly higher FSFI score of 2.31 (0.7-4.0) when compared to women who were married or living together. Conclusion FSFI score increases significantly after hysterectomy, which indicates a better sexual function after the operation. Sexual dysfunction before hysterectomy (FSFI score ≤ 19) and being married or living together are predictive factors for a lower FSFI score post hysterectomy.