Acromegaly is associated with higher frequency of female sexual dysfunction: experience of a single center

Celik Ö., Hatipoglu E., AKHAN S. E., Uludag S., KADIOĞLU P.

ENDOCRINE JOURNAL, vol.60, no.6, pp.753-761, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 60 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1507/endocrj.ej12-0424
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.753-761
  • Keywords: Acromegaly, Sexual dysfunction, Quality of life, Depression, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, WOMEN, QUESTIONNAIRE, PREVALENCE, DISORDERS, CONSENSUS, CURE
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: No


The aim of the study was to assess female sexual dysfunction (FSD), quality of life and depression status in female patients with acromegaly. Fifty-seven sexually active female patients with acromegaly disease (21 controlled, 36 uncontrolled) monitored by Cerrahpasa Medical School, Endocrinology and Metabolism out-patient clinic and age and body mass index-matched 46 healthy female subjects were included in the study. Sexual functions and status of depression in both patient and control groups were evaluated by using the Female Sexual Function Index Form (FSFI) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), respectively. Quality of life was evaluated by using the Acromegaly Quality of Life (AcroQoL) Scale. Hormone levels were studied in the groups. The FSFI total score and desire, arousal, orgasm, and satisfaction domains in patients with acromegaly were significantly lower than in the healthy controls (p <= 0.0001). There was no difference between biochemically controlled and uncontrolled patients with acromegaly with respect to FSFI scores (p= 0.7). AcroQoL total score in female patients with controlled acromegaly and uncontrolled acromegaly were 46.33 +/- 16.5% and 50.13 +/- 18.21%, respectively (p= 0.53). The difference in BDI scores between controlled and uncontrolled acromegaly patients was not significant but they were significantly higher in the control group (p <= 0.0001). In the correlation analysis, a negative correlation was found between FSFI total and BDI score (r= -0.69, p< 0.001), age (r= -0.45, p< 0.001), and IGF-I (r= -0.28, p= 0.006). This study showed that sexual dysfunction and depression rates in female patients with acromegaly are higher than in healthy females.