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Handbook On Female Sexual Health And Wellness

Screening For Female Sexual Dysfunction


SCREENING TOOLS

A variety of screening instruments have been developed to help you screen and assess female sexual problems that are causing patient distress.


 

There are several validated screening tools that focus on hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), which is the most common sexual concern of women of all ages. These screening tools will vary in their usefulness depending upon your clinical specialty and the patient population you serve. Below is a list of a few of these tools:

  • Decreased Sexual Desire Screener (DSDS): 5 questions, self-administered
    • Assesses for generalized acquired HSDD
    • Clayton AH, et al. J Sex Med. 2009;6:730-738.
  • Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI): 19 questions, self-administered
    • All of the dimensions of female sexual function including sexual satisfaction
    • Rosen R, et al. J Sex Marital Ther. 2000;26:191-208.
  • Sexual Interest and Desire Inventory–Female (SIDI–F): 13 items, clinician administered
    • Severity of female HSDD
    • Clayton AH, et al. J Sex Marital Ther. 2006;32:115-135.
  • Brief Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder Screener: 4 questions, self-administered
    • HSDD in postmenopausal women
    • Leiblum S, et al. J Sex Med. 2006;3:455-464.
  • Brief Profile of Female Sexual Function (B–PFSF): 7 questions, self-administered
    • HSDD in postmenopausal women
    • Rust J, et al. Gynecol Endocrinol. 2007;23:638-644.
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire (PISQ-12): 12 questions (short form), self-administered
    • Sexual function in women with pelvic organ prolapse and/or urinary incontinence
    • Rogers RG, et al. Int Urogynecol J. 2003;14:164-168.
  • Female Sexual Distress Scale-Revised (FSDS-R): 13 questions, self-administered
    • Distress associated with female sexual dysfunction
    • Derogatis LR, et al. J Sex Med. 2008;5:327-364.