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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2011;54(9):529-535.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5468/KJOG.2011.54.9.529    Published online September 1, 2011.
Study on the changes in sexual functioning and clinical symptoms before and after radiofrequency myolysis in women with uterine myoma.
Eun Young Choi, Mi Jung Um, Soo Ah Kim, Hyuk Jung
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chosun University College of Medicine, Gwangju, Korea. bimilo@hanmail.net
The purpose of this study was to estimate sexual functioning and clinical symptoms after radiofrequency (RF) myolysis of uterine myomas. METHODS: Fifty-four patients who had undergone RF myolysis in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Chosun University Hospital were surveyed regarding changes in the number, diameter, volume of myomas, sexual functioning and clinical symptoms before and 6 months after the procedure. RESULTS: The mean age of the patients was 43 +/- 4.048 years. The following clinical symptoms (dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia, abdominal pain, dyspareunia, pelvic pressure, back pain, urinary frequency and leg pain) were improved significantly 6 months after RF myolysis (P < 0.001). The results following parameters of sexual function (desire for sex, frequency of sex, frequency of orgasm and strength of orgasm) were no significant differences before and after RF myolysis. The diameter and volume of myomas were significantly reduced 6 months after than before RF myolysis (P < 0.05). CONCLUSION: RF myolysis is effective in improvement of clinical symptoms without an influence on sexual functioning and reduction of myoma size.
Key Words: Uterine myoma, Radiofrequency myolysis, Sexual function

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