Sexual dysfunction in women with depression: A hospital-based cross-sectional comparative study

R. Reddy, R. Saravanan, Samir Praharaj, M. Thirunavukarasu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Background: There is a need to explore the sexual functioning of women with depression as one part of sexuality is that it helps in developing an intimate emotional and physical relationship with another person, and this relationship may serve as a buffer against life stresses. Our aim was to study the prevalence and types of sexual dysfunction in depressed women patients and to compare them with non-depressed women. Materials and Methods: A total of 270 participants who attended a teaching hospital were selected for the study - 135 cases and 135 controls. Sociodemographic and clinical details were collected. Mini International Neuropsychiatry Interview (M.I.N.I), Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D), Arizona Sexual Experiences (ASEX) scale, and Female Sexual Functioning Index (FSFI) scale were used. Sexual dysfunction was assessed in both groups. Results: Among the cases, 47.40% had mild depression, 44.44% had moderate depression, and 8.15% were severely depressed. On the ASEX, 46.66% of the cases had sexual dysfunction, while it was only 8.89% among the controls. The difference in sexual dysfunction among cases and controls was statistically significant. Using the FSFI, 40% of the cases had female sexual dysfunction (FSD), and it was only 11.1% in controls. Conclusion: Sexual dysfunction was more common in females with clinical depression than in those without depression. Numerous factors can operate in the causation of FSD. This study underlines the importance of screening females with depression for FSD, for its early diagnosis and management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-51
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Psychological Medicine
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2020

Fingerprint

Cross-Sectional Studies
Depression
Neuropsychiatry
Sexuality
Psychological Stress
Teaching Hospitals
Causality
Early Diagnosis
Buffers
Interviews

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology

Cite this

@article{6a9c8f99e298428f814825de3cddfe8a,
title = "Sexual dysfunction in women with depression: A hospital-based cross-sectional comparative study",
abstract = "Background: There is a need to explore the sexual functioning of women with depression as one part of sexuality is that it helps in developing an intimate emotional and physical relationship with another person, and this relationship may serve as a buffer against life stresses. Our aim was to study the prevalence and types of sexual dysfunction in depressed women patients and to compare them with non-depressed women. Materials and Methods: A total of 270 participants who attended a teaching hospital were selected for the study - 135 cases and 135 controls. Sociodemographic and clinical details were collected. Mini International Neuropsychiatry Interview (M.I.N.I), Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D), Arizona Sexual Experiences (ASEX) scale, and Female Sexual Functioning Index (FSFI) scale were used. Sexual dysfunction was assessed in both groups. Results: Among the cases, 47.40{\%} had mild depression, 44.44{\%} had moderate depression, and 8.15{\%} were severely depressed. On the ASEX, 46.66{\%} of the cases had sexual dysfunction, while it was only 8.89{\%} among the controls. The difference in sexual dysfunction among cases and controls was statistically significant. Using the FSFI, 40{\%} of the cases had female sexual dysfunction (FSD), and it was only 11.1{\%} in controls. Conclusion: Sexual dysfunction was more common in females with clinical depression than in those without depression. Numerous factors can operate in the causation of FSD. This study underlines the importance of screening females with depression for FSD, for its early diagnosis and management.",
author = "R. Reddy and R. Saravanan and Samir Praharaj and M. Thirunavukarasu",
year = "2020",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_321_19",
language = "English",
volume = "42",
pages = "46--51",
journal = "Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine",
issn = "0253-7176",
publisher = "Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd",
number = "1",

}

Sexual dysfunction in women with depression : A hospital-based cross-sectional comparative study. / Reddy, R.; Saravanan, R.; Praharaj, Samir; Thirunavukarasu, M.

In: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, Vol. 42, No. 1, 01.01.2020, p. 46-51.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Sexual dysfunction in women with depression

T2 - A hospital-based cross-sectional comparative study

AU - Reddy, R.

AU - Saravanan, R.

AU - Praharaj, Samir

AU - Thirunavukarasu, M.

PY - 2020/1/1

Y1 - 2020/1/1

N2 - Background: There is a need to explore the sexual functioning of women with depression as one part of sexuality is that it helps in developing an intimate emotional and physical relationship with another person, and this relationship may serve as a buffer against life stresses. Our aim was to study the prevalence and types of sexual dysfunction in depressed women patients and to compare them with non-depressed women. Materials and Methods: A total of 270 participants who attended a teaching hospital were selected for the study - 135 cases and 135 controls. Sociodemographic and clinical details were collected. Mini International Neuropsychiatry Interview (M.I.N.I), Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D), Arizona Sexual Experiences (ASEX) scale, and Female Sexual Functioning Index (FSFI) scale were used. Sexual dysfunction was assessed in both groups. Results: Among the cases, 47.40% had mild depression, 44.44% had moderate depression, and 8.15% were severely depressed. On the ASEX, 46.66% of the cases had sexual dysfunction, while it was only 8.89% among the controls. The difference in sexual dysfunction among cases and controls was statistically significant. Using the FSFI, 40% of the cases had female sexual dysfunction (FSD), and it was only 11.1% in controls. Conclusion: Sexual dysfunction was more common in females with clinical depression than in those without depression. Numerous factors can operate in the causation of FSD. This study underlines the importance of screening females with depression for FSD, for its early diagnosis and management.

AB - Background: There is a need to explore the sexual functioning of women with depression as one part of sexuality is that it helps in developing an intimate emotional and physical relationship with another person, and this relationship may serve as a buffer against life stresses. Our aim was to study the prevalence and types of sexual dysfunction in depressed women patients and to compare them with non-depressed women. Materials and Methods: A total of 270 participants who attended a teaching hospital were selected for the study - 135 cases and 135 controls. Sociodemographic and clinical details were collected. Mini International Neuropsychiatry Interview (M.I.N.I), Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D), Arizona Sexual Experiences (ASEX) scale, and Female Sexual Functioning Index (FSFI) scale were used. Sexual dysfunction was assessed in both groups. Results: Among the cases, 47.40% had mild depression, 44.44% had moderate depression, and 8.15% were severely depressed. On the ASEX, 46.66% of the cases had sexual dysfunction, while it was only 8.89% among the controls. The difference in sexual dysfunction among cases and controls was statistically significant. Using the FSFI, 40% of the cases had female sexual dysfunction (FSD), and it was only 11.1% in controls. Conclusion: Sexual dysfunction was more common in females with clinical depression than in those without depression. Numerous factors can operate in the causation of FSD. This study underlines the importance of screening females with depression for FSD, for its early diagnosis and management.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85077972916&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85077972916&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_321_19

DO - 10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_321_19

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85077972916

VL - 42

SP - 46

EP - 51

JO - Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine

JF - Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine

SN - 0253-7176

IS - 1

ER -