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Sexual function in heterosexual couples undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles with donor sperm

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Purpose: Sexuality and the desire for children are closely linked, and infertility can increase the risk of sexual dysfunction (SD). Among heterosexual infertile couples undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles, those referred for donor sperm cycles constitute a specific subgroup, potentially different than those undergoing ART with partner's sperm, as giving up on biological parenthood can be difficult to overcome. However, the impact of donor sperm ART on infertile couples' sexuality has been hardly explored in the literature. This study aimed to describe the sexual function in couples undergoing ART with donor sperm. Methods: This monocentric prospective observational study was conducted in heterosexual couples undergoing ART cycle with sperm donor, using the FSFI and the IIEF15 questionnaires. Seventy-nine couples were solicited to participate in the study. Results: In our sample, 39.3% (n = 24) of women had sexual dysfunction (SD). Among men, 26.5% (n = 13) had erectile dysfunction (ED). No statistically significant difference was found between both groups (with or without SD) in men and women in univariate analysis. Therefore, multivariate analysis was not performed and no specific predictor of SD could be identified. Conclusion: Although this should be confirmed in a larger number of participants, our study demonstrates that a significant proportion of infertile patients undergoing ART with donor semen suffer from SD. No significant predictor could, however, be identified. Further research should focus on the evaluation of psychological interventions to treat or improve these disorders.

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inserm-04045005 , version 1 (24-03-2023)

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Juliette Le Goff, Arnaud Reignier, Sophie Mirallie, Sophie Dubourdieu, Paul Barrière, et al.. Sexual function in heterosexual couples undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles with donor sperm. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2023, 307 (2), pp.625-632. ⟨10.1007/s00404-022-06877-7⟩. ⟨inserm-04045005⟩
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