Table 2

Impact of chronic low back pain on patient’s sexual life
N = 100 Men N = 50 Women N = 50 p
Sexual problems (%) 81 45 (90) 36 (72) 0.02
Question 8 of Oswestry:
  My sex life is normal and causes no extra pain (%). 13 8 (16) 5 (10) 0.4
  My sex life is normal but causes some extra pain (%). 22 9 (18) 13 (26) 0.5
  My sex life is nearly normal but is very painful (%). 36 17 (34) 19 (38) 0.9
  My sex life is severely restricted by pain (%). 18 6 (12) 12 (24) 0.1
  My sex life is nearly absent because of pain (%). 11 9 (18) 2 (4) 0.02
  Pain prevents any sex life at all (%). 0
Sexual intercourse:
- Libido decrease (%) 12 2 (4) 10 (20) 0.01
- Painful intercourse position (%) 79 43 (86) 36 (72) 0.09
  · Supine (%) 81 40 (80) 41 (82) 0.8
  · Prone (%) 19 10 (20) 9 (18) 0.8
  · Side-lying (%) 5 3 (8) 2 (4) 0.1
- Monthly intercourse frequency before CLBP onset 16.9 ± 4 17.7 ± 4.4 16.2 ± 3.7 0.04
- Monthly intercourse frequency after CLBP onset 6.5 ± 4.6 6.8 ± 4.3 6.3 ± 4.9 0.07
- Monthly intercourse frequency decrease −10.40 ± 4.89 −10.9 ± 5.3 −9.9 ± 4.4 0.3
Sexual quality of life:
- SQOL score (0- 100%) 44.65 ± 17.4 38.95 ± 17.2 50.35 ± 15.7 0.001

CLBP Chronic Low Back Pain, SQOL Sexual Quality Of Life.

Bahouq et al.

Bahouq et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:63   doi:10.1186/1471-2474-14-63

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