International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 437–445 | Cite as

Validation of the International Urogynecology Association’s Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire in Arabic

  • Ahmed Al-BadrEmail author
  • Rafeef Al-Juraifani
  • Ghadeer Al-Sheikh
  • Hazem Al-Mandeel
  • Lateefa Al-Dakhyel
  • Nadeen Al-Shahrani
Original Article


Introduction and Hypothesis

A valid and reliable Arabic version of the Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire, IUGA-revised (PISQ-IR) is needed.


Of 238 Saudi Arabian women who fulfilled the inclusion criteria, 227 were recruited. A detailed history was obtained and pelvic examination was performed in all participants. An Arabic version of the PISQ-IR was administered with three quality of life measures. Reliability was assessed by factor analysis, and internal consistency was measured with Cronbach’s α. Face validity was established with translation, back-translation, and cognitive reviews. Criterion validity was determined by analysing the correlations between the responses and the clinical examinations and by comparing the responses with those to other validated measures of incontinence and prolapse.


Overall, 67 % of the women were categorized as sexually active and 33 % as sexually inactive. The overall frequency of urinary incontinence was highest (85.5 %), followed by prolapse (59 %) and fecal incontinence (53.3 %). The average score in the factor analysis for dimensions of sexual inactivity was 2.7 and Cronbach’s α was 0.61; an item-by-item assessment of the majority of the scales showed an α value of >0.75, suggesting a moderate-to-high internal consistency. Regarding external validity, strong negative correlations were found with the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Distress Inventory, the Colorectal-Anal Distress Inventory (CRADI), and the Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire (PFIQ) in the sexually active group, and positive correlations were found with the CRADI and PFIQ in the sexually inactive group.


The Arabic version of the PISQ-IR is reliable and valid for assessing sexual function in Arabic-speaking women with pelvic floor disorders.


Questionnaire Arabic Pelvic floor Pelvic organ prolapse Incontinence 


Compliance with ethical standards


Financial support was obtained from King Fahad Medical City Research Center (IRF 012-025_.

Conflicts of interest


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Women’s Specialized HospitalKing Fahad Medical CityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Rehabilitation HospitalKing Fahad Medical CityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyKing Saud University HospitalRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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