Current Research on How Infertility Affects the Sexuality of Men and Women
Sany R. Ferraresi, Lucia A.S. Lara, Marcos F.S. de Sá, Rosana M. Reis and Ana C.J.S. Rosa e Silva
Pages 198-202 (5)
Objective: To assess data published from 2000 to 2010 on the effect of infertility on the sexual function of men
and women. Data Sources: The PubMed, Lilacs and Embase databases were searched for scientific articles assessing the
sexual response of couples during infertility treatment. Study Selection: Studies selected for this review were published in
English and conducted in human beings; articles included meta-analyses and cross-sectional or cohort studies that used
objective measurement tools to quantitatively assess the data. Data Extraction: Seven studies met the inclusion criteria for
this review. Data Synthesis: Infertility is a major risk factor for sexual problems in both men and women. Conclusion: Infertile
couples are at higher risk of sexual dysfunction than fertile couples. We also describe several recent patents.
Female infertility, infertility, men infertility, pregnancy, sexual dysfunction, sexuality.
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo University, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil., Av. Bandeirantes, 3900, 14049-900 Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil.