Female Fibromyalgia Patients Experience Sexual Dysfunction and Mood, Anxiety Disorders, According to Study

Female Fibromyalgia Patients Experience Sexual Dysfunction and Mood, Anxiety Disorders, According to Study
A collaborative research study between several institutions in Turkey found that female patients with fibromyalgia often suffer from sexual dysfunction (SD), mood, and anxiety disorders. These findings, "Sexual dysfunction, mood, anxiety, and personality disorders in female patients with fibromyalgia," were published in the Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment journal. The American College of Rheumatology has identified fibromyalgia as a chronic condition characterized by a widespread pain felt on palpitation of at least 11 of 18 sensitive point sites around the body. The disease affects more females than males and is frequently associated with psychiatric conditions and sexual dysfunction. However, the frequency of the associated symptoms varies among fibromyalgia patients and the underlying cause and effect factors are still not fully understood. "A few studies have examined the relationship between SD and fibromyalgia, but they also had significant limitations," the authors wrote. "SD and comorbid mood and anxiety disorders have been detected in most studies using only scales. Thus, these studies can only provide information about symptoms related to SD and accompanying depressive symptoms and anxiety, and they do not provide information on the type of SD or the type of psy
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