Sexual Metrics in Transgender Women: Transitioning From International Index of Erectile Function to Female Sexual Function Index

Sex Med Rev. 2021 Apr;9(2):236-243. doi: 10.1016/j.sxmr.2020.09.005. Epub 2021 Feb 17.

Abstract

Introduction: Feminizing gender-affirming surgery (GAS) has been an increasingly used procedure in the United States and worldwide for transgender women with gender dysphoria. Studies on patient-reported quality of life outcomes in those undergoing GAS remain limited.

Objective: To provide recent insights from the literature on sexual metrics in the evaluation of the transgender women.

Methods: We queried PubMed to identify studies assessing sexual function metrics in those undergoing feminizing GAS.

Results: There is no single validated method to establish preoperative and postoperative sexual function. Assessment currently remains institutionally dependent. Evaluation can involve questionnaires including but not limited to the International Index of Erectile Function, the Female Sexual Function Index, and the Male to Female Sexual Function Index.

Conclusion: In this literature review, we discuss considerations for the evaluation of sexual function for patients considering feminizing GAS with vaginoplasty. Although we describe some of the major tools currently used in evaluating sexual function in this patient population, a need for a validated method remains. Syed JS, Honig S. Sexual Metrics in Transgender Women: Transitioning From International Index of Erectile Function to Female Sexual Function Index. Sex Med Rev 2021;9:236-243.

Keywords: Gender Affirming Surgery; Male to Female; Sexual Function; Sexual Metrics; Transgender.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Benchmarking
  • Erectile Dysfunction*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Quality of Life
  • Transgender Persons*
  • Transsexualism*
  • United States