The aim of this study was to assess the sexual functions among married female diabetic patients using a modified Arabic translated version of the female sexual function index (FSFI).
Patients and methods
A total of 247 diabetic patients (the diabetic group) were compared with 100 nondiabetic women with respect to their sexual function. The FSFI questionnaire was administered on both groups. Blood glucose testing (fasting, 2-h postprandial, and glycosylated hemoglobin) was carried out for the diabetic patients.
There was a statistically significant decrease in the desire and excitement domains in diabetic patients compared with controls. There was statistically significant inverse correlation between fasting blood sugar and postprandial with respect to desire, excitement, and lubrication (P<0.009, P<0.006, and P<0.001, respectively). HbA1c was nonsignificant with all FSFI domains.
Female sexual dysfunction affects diabetic women more often compared with nondiabetic women. The desire and arousal domains were significantly lower in diabetic patients compared with controls.