Placement of mid-urethral mesh slings at the time of vaginal prolapse repair does not affect post-operative sexual function or orgasm Journal Articles uri icon

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  • INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Because of the relationship between the clitoral neurovascular supply and the urethra, the dissection for placement of mid-urethral slings (MUS) may negatively impact orgasmic function. We aimed to analyze the role of MUS in orgasmic and overall sexual function in patients undergoing prolapse surgery. METHODS: A single institution retrospective review was performed on 157 patients undergoing prolapse surgery with and without MUS from 2008 to 2014. Pelvic Organ Prolapse Incontinence Sexual Questionnaires (PISQ-12) scores at baseline, 6, and 12 months post-operatively were compared. The difference in overall mean post-operative PISQ-12 scores at 6 and 12 months in those undergoing POP with or without MUS placement was assessed using Wilcoxon rank tests. RESULTS: Of 157 women who underwent prolapse surgery, 81 (52%) had concomitant MUS. Mean baseline PISQ-12 scores were 32 in both groups (p = 0.98). Post-operative PISQ-12 scores between the two groups did not differ at 6 (p = 0.96) or 12 months (p = 0.65). Within the MUS group, mean overall PISQ-12 scores improved at 6 (p = 0.05) and 12 months (p < 0.01). Mean overall PISQ-12 scores did not improve in patients who did not have slings placed at 6 (p = 0.10) or 12 months (p = 0.15). Orgasm frequency and intensity did not differ between the two groups at 6 (p = 0.39, p = 0.91, respectively) or 12 months (p = 0.11, p = 0.44, respectively). CONCLUSION: MUS at the time of prolapse repair did not affect orgasmic or overall sexual function. PISQ-12 scores improved after prolapse surgery with concomitant MUS placement. Our findings may help counsel patients regarding the risk of MUS placement affecting sexual function.


  • Vollstedt, Annah Jean
  • Han, Esther
  • Nguyen, Laura
  • Tennyson, Lauren
  • Beck, Dana
  • Sirls, Larry

publication date

  • March 2021