Depression, Poor sleep and sexual dysfunction in migraineurs women

Mahsa Ghajarzadeh, Rozita Jalilian, Mansoureh Togha, Amirreza Azimi, Pegah Hosseini, Nazanin Babaei


Background: Migraine is a chronic disorder affecting women more than men. Sexual dysfunction is one the complaints of women with migraine, which is not regarded as it should be. The goal of this study was to determine sexual dysfunction in women with migraine, and possible effects of depression and sleep quality on their sexual function.

Methods: One hundred married migraineurs women were enrolled. All participants were asked to fill out valid and reliable Persian versions of Pittsburgh Sleep Questionnaire (PSQI), female sexual function index (FSFI) and beck depression inventory (BDI).

Results: Mean BDI, PSQI, and FSFI scores were 15.1 ± 9.1, 7.6 ± 4, and 21.6 ± 8.8 in all patients, respectively. Sexual dysfunction found in 68% and 79% were poor sleepers. Mean BDI and PSQI scores were significantly higher in women with sexual dysfunction (FSFI < 26.55). There was significant negative correlation between BDI score and FSFI (r = −0.1, P = 0.001) as well as significant positive correlation between BDI and PSQI (r = 0.42, P < 0.001). Multiple linear regression analysis showed that BDI and age were independent predictors of FSFI score.

Conclusions: Physicians should consider sexual dysfunction in women with migraine along with depression and poor sleep in such cases.

Keywords: Depression, migraine, sexual dysfunction, sleep

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