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EPV026/#548 Sexuality after breast cancer surgery in postmenopausal women
  1. O Kaabia,
  2. R Bouchahda,
  3. S Hidar and
  4. M Bibi
  1. Université de Sousse, Faculté de Médecine de Sousse, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Sousse, Tunisia


Objectives The main objective of this study was to evaluate the sexual function in married menopausal women after surgery for non metastatic breast cancer

Methods This is a prospective cohort-type study of 200 menopausal women diagnosed then operated on for breast carcinoma between January 2018 and March 2020. Patients were randomized after a multidisciplinary consultation in 2 groups: G1 with patients who had conservative breast surgery and G2 with those who had a mastectomy. Patients with immediate or delayed postoperative breast reconstruction were excluded. The data collection was done in an individual interview, in which 4 validated standardized psychometric assessment scales were used: The Arab Female Sexual Function Index (ArFSFI) for evaluation of sexual function The Locke and Wallace Marital Adjustment Test (MAT) for Assessment of Spousal Agreement The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HAD-S) for Assessment of Anxiety & Depression The Body-Esteem Scale for Adolescents and Adults (BESAA) for the evaluation of the body image

Results The two groups were comparable in terms of age and socio-economical characteristics of the patients and their spouses. The mean total FSFI scores were comparable (22 in G1vs 24.5 in G2, p = 0.084. There was a positive correlation between the husbands’ education level and the feminine sexual function (p = 0.042) and between marital agreement and sexual function (p = 0.004).

Conclusions The technique of breast surgery for breast cancer does not influence the sexual function in menopausal women.

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