, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 919-927
Date: 17 Mar 2012

Female sexual dysfunction: what Arab gynecologists think and know

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Abstract

Introduction and hypothesis

We aimed to assess the knowledge and practice of gynecologists (Gyns) from different Arab countries with regard to female sexual dysfunction (FSD) in comparison with members of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) and the British Society of Urogynecology (BSUG).

Methods

An anonymous questionnaire was used to survey attendees of the annual meeting of the Saudi Obstetrics and Gynecology Society.

Results

Six hundred and forty questionnaires were distributed, and the response rate was 66%. The majority of Arab Gyns (73%) were unsatisfied with their training, and 87% never or rarely screened for FSD compared with 47% and 23% of BSUG and AUGS members, respectively (p < 0.001).

Conclusion

Our results reveal an apparent global lack of adequate education in female sexuality and expose the breadth of the problem among Arab Gyns. Therefore, there is a need to improve training at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels to enable Gyns in Arab countries to provide better sexual healthcare.