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Self-assessment of genital anatomy and sexual function within a Belgian, Dutch-speaking female population: a validation study

Guy Bronselaer (UGent) , Nina Callens (UGent) , Petra De Sutter (UGent) , GRETA DE CUYPERE (UGent) , Guy T'Sjoen (UGent) , Martine Cools (UGent) and Piet Hoebeke (UGent)
(2013) JOURNAL OF SEXUAL MEDICINE. 10(12). p.3006-3018
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Introduction: Data on self-perceived genital anatomy and sensitivity should be part of the long-term follow-up of genitoplasty procedures. However, no normative data, based on a large sample, exist to date. Aims: Validation of the Self-Assessment of Genital Anatomy and Sexual Function, Female version (SAGAS-F) questionnaire within a Belgian, Dutch-speaking female population. Methods: Seven hundred forty-nine women with no history of genital surgery (aged 18–69 years, median 25 years) completed an Internet-based survey of whom 21 women underwent a gynecological examination as to correlate self-reported genital sensitivity assessed in an experimental setting. Main Outcome Measures: The SAGAS-F enables women to rate the sexual pleasure, discomfort, intensity of orgasm, and effort required for achieving orgasm in specified areas around the clitoris and within the vagina, as well as genital appearance. The latter was similarly evaluated by an experienced gynecologist, and women were asked to functionally rate the anatomical areas pointed out with a vaginal swab. Results: Sexual pleasure and orgasm were strongest, and effort to attain orgasm and discomfort was lowest when stimulating the clitoris and sides of the clitoris (P < 0.05). Vaginal sensitivity increased with increasing vaginal depth, but overall orgasmic sensitivity was lower as compared with the clitoris. Functional scores on the SAGAS-F and during gynecological examination corresponded highly on most anatomical areas (P < 0.05). Gynecologist’s ratings corresponded highly with the women’s ratings for vaginal size (90%) but not for clitoral size (48%). Conclusions: Replication of the original pilot study results support the validity of the questionnaire. The SAGAS-F discriminates reasonably well between various genital areas in terms of erotic sensitivity. The clitoris itself appeared to be the most sensitive, consistent with maximum nerve density in this area. Surgery to the clitoris could disrupt neurological pathways and compromise erotic sensation and pleasure.
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CONGENITAL ADRENAL-HYPERPLASIA, ANDROGEN INSENSITIVITY SYNDROME, Sexual Function, Genital Sensitivity, Genital Anatomy, Self-Assessment, DISORDERS, FEMINIZING GENITOPLASTY, VAGINAL ORGASM, AMBIGUOUS GENITALIA, INTERSEX CONDITIONS, WOMEN, SURGERY, CLITORIS

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Bronselaer, Guy, Nina Callens, Petra De Sutter, GRETA DE CUYPERE, Guy T’Sjoen, Martine Cools, and Piet Hoebeke. 2013. “Self-assessment of Genital Anatomy and Sexual Function Within a Belgian, Dutch-speaking Female Population: a Validation Study.” Journal of Sexual Medicine 10 (12): 3006–3018.
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Bronselaer, G., Callens, N., De Sutter, P., DE CUYPERE, G., T’Sjoen, G., Cools, M., & Hoebeke, P. (2013). Self-assessment of genital anatomy and sexual function within a Belgian, Dutch-speaking female population: a validation study. JOURNAL OF SEXUAL MEDICINE, 10(12), 3006–3018.
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Bronselaer G, Callens N, De Sutter P, DE CUYPERE G, T’Sjoen G, Cools M, et al. Self-assessment of genital anatomy and sexual function within a Belgian, Dutch-speaking female population: a validation study. JOURNAL OF SEXUAL MEDICINE. 2013;10(12):3006–18.
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Bronselaer, Guy, Nina Callens, Petra De Sutter, et al. “Self-assessment of Genital Anatomy and Sexual Function Within a Belgian, Dutch-speaking Female Population: a Validation Study.” JOURNAL OF SEXUAL MEDICINE 10.12 (2013): 3006–3018. Print.
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Aims: Validation of the Self-Assessment of Genital Anatomy and Sexual Function, Female version (SAGAS-F) questionnaire within a Belgian, Dutch-speaking female population.
Methods: Seven hundred forty-nine women with no history of genital surgery (aged 18--69 years, median 25 years) completed an Internet-based survey of whom 21 women underwent a gynecological examination as to correlate self-reported genital sensitivity assessed in an experimental setting.
Main Outcome Measures: The SAGAS-F enables women to rate the sexual pleasure, discomfort, intensity of orgasm, and effort required for achieving orgasm in specified areas around the clitoris and within the vagina, as well as genital appearance. The latter was similarly evaluated by an experienced gynecologist, and women were asked to functionally rate the anatomical areas pointed out with a vaginal swab.
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