Bladder Pain Syndrome and Sexuality

  • Jennifer Yonaitis Fariello
  • Kristene E. Whitmore
  • Robert M. Moldwin


The pain associated with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) and comorbid conditions may alter the sexual response, resulting in frequent complaints of decreased arousal, decreased libido, difficulty with orgasm or anorgasmia, and less frequent sexual encounters. Psychological factors, whether primary or secondary, such as fear, anxiety, and depression tend to exacerbate the problem, leaving the patient and his or her partner with decreased sexual interest, feelings of inadequacy, isolation, and increased depression.

Sexual dysfunction in the IC/BPS patient is common, though unfortunately often neglected by clinicians. It has been identified as a predictor of poorer physical and mental quality of life (QOL). Through medical management, communication, self-care techniques, and learned changes in sexual scripts, patients and their partners can learn to improve their sexual relationship and QOL.


Sexual Function Sexual Dysfunction Sexual Functioning Interstitial Cystitis Chronic Pain Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Yonaitis Fariello
    • 1
  • Kristene E. Whitmore
    • 1
  • Robert M. Moldwin
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Urology Division, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, FPMRS, The Pelvic and Sexual Health InstituteDrexel University College of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Urology DivisionThe Arthur Smith Institute for Urology, North Shore–Long Island Jewish Health SystemNew Hyde ParkUSA
  3. 3.Urology DepartmentThe Hofstra University School of MedicineNew Hyde ParkUSA

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