Effects of Vaginal Discharge on Female Sexual Function

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2014 Jan;124(1):27-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2013.07.012. Epub 2013 Sep 26.


Objective: To assess the effects of vaginal discharge on female sexual dysfunction (FSD) by using the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI).

Methods: In a study at a university hospital in Canakkale, Turkey, women affected by vaginal discharge and age-matched healthy control women were recruited between January and December 2012. Women were grouped in accordance with their vaginal discharge complaints and each participant completed the FSFI questionnaire.

Results: A total of 114 women were included in the study. Women in the first group (n=58) had no vaginal discharge or had physiologic vaginal discharge, those in the second group (n=29) had abnormal vaginal discharge with itching, and those in the third group (n=27) had abnormal vaginal discharge without itching. Compared with the first group, women in the second and third groups had higher FSFI scores for desire, arousal, orgasm, and pain, in addition to higher overall FSFI scores. Women with genital malodor had significantly higher FSFI scores than patients without genital malodor (23.83 ± 5.07 vs 21.15 ± 4.78; P=0.008).

Conclusion: Women with abnormal vaginal discharges were found to have better FSFI scores for some domains. This finding may be attributed to the adverse effects of sexual intercourse on vaginal infections.

Keywords: Female Sexual Function Index; Itching; Sexual dysfunction; Vaginal discharge.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / etiology*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / physiopathology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / etiology*
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / physiopathology
  • Turkey / epidemiology
  • Vaginal Discharge / complications*
  • Vaginal Discharge / epidemiology
  • Vaginal Discharge / physiopathology