Sexual activity level and sexual functioning in women prenatally exposed to diethylstilbestrol

Well-established sex-partner relationships are less common for the DES-exposed

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Sexual activity level and sexual functioning in women prenatally exposed to diethylstilbestrol. Helen Taylor.

Study Abstract

Thirty women with a history of prenatal exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) underwent a detailed sexual history and were compared to a demographically similar sample of 30 women with a history of an abnormal Pap smear.

Psychosomatic medicine,
NCBI PMID: 4070521,
1985 Nov-Dec.

The DES women were found to have less well-established sex-partner relationships and less experience with child-bearing, to be lower in sexual desire and enjoyment, sexual excitability, and orgasmic coital functioning, but to be comparable (and low) with regard to such sexual dysfunctions as vaginismus and dyspareunia.

Both potential psychosocial and neuroendocrine explanations are discussed.

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