Does vaginal size impact sexual activity and function?

Megan O. Schimpf, Heidi S. Harvie, Tola B. Omotosho, Lee B. Epstein, Marjorie Jean-Michel, Cedric K. Olivera, Kristin E. Rooney, Sunil Balgobin, Okechukwu A. Ibeanu, Rajiv B. Gala, Rebecca G. Rogers

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-452
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010

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Sexual Behavior
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Heterosexuality
Vagina
Gynecology

Keywords

  • Genital hiatus
  • Questionnaires
  • Sexual activity
  • Sexual function
  • Total vaginal length
  • Vaginal anatomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Schimpf, M. O., Harvie, H. S., Omotosho, T. B., Epstein, L. B., Jean-Michel, M., Olivera, C. K., ... Rogers, R. G. (2010). Does vaginal size impact sexual activity and function? International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, 21(4), 447-452. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00192-009-1051-2

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.; Rogers, Rebecca G.

In: International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Vol. 21, No. 4, 04.2010, p. 447-452.

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Schimpf, MO, Harvie, HS, Omotosho, TB, Epstein, LB, Jean-Michel, M, Olivera, CK, Rooney, KE, Balgobin, S, Ibeanu, OA, Gala, RB & Rogers, RG 2010, 'Does vaginal size impact sexual activity and function?', International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 447-452. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00192-009-1051-2
Schimpf MO, Harvie HS, Omotosho TB, Epstein LB, Jean-Michel M, Olivera CK et al. Does vaginal size impact sexual activity and function? International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. 2010 Apr;21(4):447-452. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00192-009-1051-2
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. / Does vaginal size impact sexual activity and function?. In: International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. 2010 ; Vol. 21, No. 4. pp. 447-452.
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