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Relation Between Sexuality and Health-Related Quality of Life

  • N. Shamspour
  • S. Assari
  • M. Moghana Lankarani

Abstract:

Normal sexual functioning and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) are implacably interwoven phenomena, the associations of which are well known in such different illnesses as infectious diseases, renal diseases, heart diseases, cancer, rheumatoid conditions, mental disorders, and conditions like obesity. Sexual disorders (dysfunctions) are common in individuals with chronic illnesses and are allied to a reduced HRQOL. HRQOL is known to be affected by  sexual orientation and fear of sexual relationship. With respect to gender, which is a topic of great importance in the assessment of the correlation between  sexuality and HRQOL, the most prevalent types of sexual disorder which affect HRQOL are  erectile dysfunction in men and diminished sexual desire in women. Research has thus far been carried out into the relations between sexuality and HRQOL in various domains: adolescence, sexual abuse experience, sex addiction, and prostitution.

Keywords

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Erectile Dysfunction Sexual Dysfunction Sexual Desire Sexual Functioning 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

List of Abbreviations:

AS

 ankylosing spondylitis

CAD

 coronary artery disease

ComQOL

comprehensive quality of life scale

COPD

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

CPD

chronic peritoneal dialysis

ED

erectile dysfunction

ESRD

 end-stage renal disease

FSD

female  sexual dysfunction

GH

general health

HD

hemodialysis

HIV

human immunodeficiency virus

HRQOL

health-related quality of life

HTN

hypertension

ICD

implantable cardioverter defibrillator

MCS

mental composite score

MH

mental health

MI

 myocardial infarction

MS

multiple sclerosis

PCS

physical composite score

PCOS

polycystic ovary syndrome

PF

physical functioning

RA

rheumatoid arthritis

RP

radical prostatectomy

REm

role limitations due to emotional problems

SF

social functioning

VT

vitality

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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Shamspour
    • 1
  • S. Assari
    • 1
  • M. Moghana Lankarani
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and PsychiatryMedicine and Health Promotion InstituteTehranIran

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