Does vaginal size impact sexual activity and function?

Schimpf, Megan O., Harvie, Heidi S., Omotosho, Tola B., Epstein, Lee B., Jean-Michel, Marjorie, Olivera, Cedric K., Rooney, Kristin E., Balgobin, Sunil, Ibeanu, Okechukwu A., Gala, Rajiv B. and Rogers, Rebecca G. (2010) Does vaginal size impact sexual activity and function?. International Urogynecology Journal, 21 4: 447-452. doi:10.1007/s00192-009-1051-2

Author Schimpf, Megan O.
Harvie, Heidi S.
Omotosho, Tola B.
Epstein, Lee B.
Jean-Michel, Marjorie
Olivera, Cedric K.
Rooney, Kristin E.
Balgobin, Sunil
Ibeanu, Okechukwu A.
Gala, Rajiv B.
Rogers, Rebecca G.
Title Does vaginal size impact sexual activity and function?
Journal name International Urogynecology Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0937-3462
Publication date 2010-04
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00192-009-1051-2
Volume 21
Issue 4
Start page 447
End page 452
Total pages 6
Place of publication Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
Publisher Springer UK
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction and hypothesis This study seeks to determine if total vaginal length (TVL) or genital hiatus (GH) impact sexual activity and function.
Methods Heterosexual women ≥ 40 years were recruited from urogynecology and gynecology offices. TVL and GH were assessed using the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification exam. Women completed the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and were dichotomized into either normal function (FSFI total > 26) or sexual dysfunction (FSFI ≤ 26).
Results Five hundred five women were enrolled; 333 (67%) reported sexual activity. While sexually active women had longer vaginas than women who were not active (9.1 cm ± 1.2 versus 8.9 cm ± 1.3, p = 0.04), significance was explained by age differences. GH measurements did not differ (3.2 cm ± 1.1 versus 3.1 cm ± 1.1, p = 0.58). In sexually active women, TVL was weakly correlated with FSFI total score, but GH was not. TVL and GH did not differ between women with normal FSFI scores and those with sexual dysfunction.
Conclusions Vaginal size did not affect sexual activity or function.
Keyword Sexual activity
Sexual function
Vaginal anatomy
Total vaginal length
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 4 December 2009. Presented in abstract form as oral presentation at the American Urogynecology Society, Hollywood, FL, September 2009.

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