The Evaluation Of Sexual Problems And Influencing Factors In Behcet'S Disease
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Objectives: The prevalence of sexual dysfunction in Behcet patients, patients' practices toward sexual problems, pre-disease sexual life and distribution of post-disease sexual problems were evaluated. Patients and Methods: Sexually active 96 patients were included to the study. The data were collected with the "Sexual Problems in Behcet Patients Data Collection Form" and "Arizona Sexual Experience Scale (ASES)". The scale's score interval is 5-30; 11-above scores indicate sexual dysfunction. Results: Of the patients, 51 (53.1%) were 40-year-old and above, 49 (51%) were women; the most frequent symptoms were oral aphtosis (58.3%), genital ulcers (31.2%), and erythema nodosum (28.1%). Mean ASES score was 14.2+/-5.8 66 patients (68.7%) had sexual dysfunction. The most prevalent problems were decreased frequency of intercourse (n=32, 86.5%), painful sexual relation (n=18, 48.6%) and unwillingness (n=9, 24.3%). Most of the patients (n=15, 40.5%) who expressed sexual problems were not using any practice for the solution. None of the patients received any information about sexual problem and the most preferenced source of information would be the doctors (n=83, 86.4%) in case having this opportunity. Female gender and the belief about the impact of Behcet's disease on sexual life determined ASES score (43%). Conclusion: Sexual dysfunction in Behcet's disease was seen in a significant proportion.