Male Sexual Experience and Its Impact on Quality of Life Before and After Their Sexual Partners Undergo Polypropylene Mesh Augmented Pelvic Floor Reconstruction (SEXQ)
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The correction of the pelvic organ protrusion is aimed at restoring the pelvic floor functional status and ultimately improving the patient's quality of life. There are a few studies that have explored the effect of pelvic reconstructive surgery on female sexual function (1,2) but no studies have evaluated the male partner's sexual experience. The investigators intend to use a newly psychometrically validated questionnaire to capture this aspect. The sexual experience questionnaire (SEX-Q) is the first questionnaire to solely and exclusively combine functional and quality of life concepts (erection, individual satisfaction, and couple satisfaction domains) in a brief questionnaire, which allows a more focused and less burdensome evaluation of the sexual experience in men (3). Another issue is the density of the mesh material and if it can be felt vaginally even if it is not eroded and to what degree this might bother the male partner during intercourse.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Male sexual partners of women who are sexually active and are scheduled to undergo a mesh augmented repair for pelvic organ prolapse referred to the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
Sexually active couple at the time of pre-operative visit
Female partner scheduled to undergo a mesh augmented repair
Not sexually active
Use of other graft material than polypropylene mesh
Contraindications to surgery based on existing medical conditions