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Effects of smoking cessation on sexual functions and health quality of life in premenopausal women: A prospective case – controlled study
  • Hakan Celikhisar,
  • Gulay Dasdemir Ilkhan,
  • Bora Irer
Hakan Celikhisar
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Gulay Dasdemir Ilkhan
Okmeydani Training and Research Hospital
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Bora Irer
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Esrefpasa Hospital
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Abstract

Abstract Objective: To evaluate whether smoking cessation has an effect on female sexual function and quality of life. Methodology: After approval by the local ethics committee, smoking and non-smoking female participants were included in the study and all participants filled the female sexual function index (FSFI) and the short form 36 (SF-36). The same questionnaires were filled again at the 9th month control after smoking cessation. The scores of these questionnaires were compared between the groups. In addition, the FSFI and SF-36 scores of the participants in the smoking group were also compared with the scores at the 9th month after smoking cessation. Results: The rate of FSD was significantly higher in the smoking group when compared with control group (86.0% vs 32.5%; p<0,001). The FSFI total and sub domains score was significantly lower in the smoking group when compared control group [21.5 (min:14.4-max:28.69) and 28.9 (min:17.7-max:32.8); p<0.001 respectively]. The rate of FSD was significantly decreased after nine months smoking cessation (86% to 35.1%; p<0.001). After smoking cessation significant improvements on FSFI total and sub-domain scores and SF-36 sub-domain scores were determined. Conclusion: In this study, it was shown that smoking negatively affected FSD and QOL when compared to healthy non-smoking women, and smoking cessation caused significant improvements in FSFI and SF-36 scores in these women after 9 months. Keywords: female sexual dysfunction, female sexual function index, smoking cessation, the Short Form 36, quality of life.

Peer review status:Published

15 Oct 2020Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
15 Oct 2020Submission Checks Completed
15 Oct 2020Assigned to Editor
15 Oct 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
16 Oct 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
17 Oct 20201st Revision Received
19 Oct 2020Submission Checks Completed
19 Oct 2020Assigned to Editor
19 Oct 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
22 Oct 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
23 Oct 2020Editorial Decision: Accept
28 Oct 2020Published in International Journal of Clinical Practice. 10.1111/ijcp.13796