The female sexual function index: a methodological critique and suggestions for improvement

J Sex Marital Ther. May-Jun 2007;33(3):217-24. doi: 10.1080/00926230701267852.


The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) is a very well-worded sexual function screen with excellent psychometric qualities. However, some aspects of the scoring procedures pose conceptual and statistical problems, which we illustrate in part by way of an empirical example. The recommended solutions should further strengthen the utility and validity of this instrument.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arousal*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Psychometrics / methods
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self-Assessment
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / diagnosis*
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / diagnosis*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • Women's Health*