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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 957547, 6 pages
Research Article

Sexual Function in Women with Stress Urinary Incontinence Treated with the SPARC Sling System

1Department of Urology, Medical University of Graz (MUG), Auenbruggerplatz 7, 8036 Graz, Austria
2Department of Urology, University of Ottawa, Canada
3Department of Statistics, Medical University of Graz (MUG), Auenbruggerplatz 2/9/V, 8036 Graz, Austria

Received 15 April 2013; Revised 22 June 2013; Accepted 24 June 2013

Academic Editor: Pradeep Tyagi

Copyright © 2013 Badereddin Mohamad Al-Ali et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aim. To evaluate the impact of SPARC on female sexual function. Methods. 151 women with a mean age of and SUI had a complete urodynamic investigation and underwent SPARC operation. 98 women completed the validated female sexual function index questionnaire (FSFI) at baseline and 94 women at follow-up. A minimum follow-up of 12 months was required for study inclusion. Results. 52/98 women were sexually active at baseline. Postoperatively only 33 patients were sexually active. The FSFI score of all 33 pre- and postoperative sexually active women increased from at baseline to at follow-up ( ). Scores of women with reduced sexual function at baseline increased significantly in the domains desire, arousal, and lubrication as well as orgasm and satisfaction and total FSFI-score ( ) postoperatively. Conclusions. Our results suggest that the SPARC-sling procedure for SUI did not negatively interfere with female sexual function.