Marital and sexual satisfaction in testicular cancer survivors and their spouses

MA Tuinman, J Fleer, DT Sleijfer, HJ Hoekstra, JEHM Hoekstra-Weebers*

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Goal: To compare marital and sexual satisfaction of men who survived testicular cancer (TC) and their spouses to a reference group, and to compare marital and sexual satisfaction of couples who had a relationship at time of diagnosis (couples during TC) to couples who developed a relationship after completion of treatment (couples after TC). Patients and methods: Two hundred and nineteen couples during TC and 40 couples after TC completed the Maudsley Marital Questionnaire, a validated instrument to measure marital and sexual satisfaction. Results: Survivors and spouses of both couple groups reported similar marital satisfaction as men and women of the reference group. Survivors (t=2.9, p <0.01) and spouses (t=2.9, p <0.01) of couples during TC and survivors of couples after TC (t=1.9, p=0.05) reported less sexual satisfaction than the reference groups. Survivors of couples after TC reported less sexual satisfaction than survivors of couples during TC (F=4.0, p <0.05). Correlations between sexual satisfaction of survivors and spouses in couples during TC (r=0.76, p <0.001) and couples after TC (r=0.77, p <0.001) were high. Conclusion: Testicular cancer did not appear to have a negative effect on marital satisfaction in couples during TC, although TC survivors and their spouses reported less sexual satisfaction than men and women of the reference group. Survivors who developed a relationship after completion of treatment seemed to form a vulnerable group: their sexual satisfaction was lower than that of men in the reference group and of TC survivors with a longer relationship. Besides that, they more often reported marital problems than their spouses did.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)540-548
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume13
Nummer van het tijdschrift7
DOI's
StatusPublished - jul-2005

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