Poor Sexual Health Among Women with Fibromyalgia Needs More Attention, Researchers Say

Poor Sexual Health Among Women with Fibromyalgia Needs More Attention, Researchers Say
Fibromyalgia can be a significant obstacle to sexual health among affected women, according to a recent study, which underscored that a lack of understanding among partners contributes to poor sexual relationships. Pain or stiffness related to sexual acts also tends to give rise to a downward spiral of worries and fears related to sexuality, which then further aggravates the problem by reducing the desire for, and pleasure of, sex. Still, not all women with fibromyalgia see lost sexuality as a problem, the study, “Perceptions about the sexuality of women with fibromyalgia syndrome: a phenomenological study,” showed. The work was published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. The research team at the University of Almeria in Spain used a qualitative approach to study sexuality among women with fibromyalgia. Six women underwent semi-structured interviews where researchers addressed various aspects of sexual health. Not surprisingly, pain and stiffness were factors that played major roles in interfering with sexual activities, the women reported. Women also reported that sex and even foreplay caused them to get skin lesions and bruises. Pain can be felt before, during, and after sex, and sometimes deterred women from future sexual activity. The abnormal pain response in fibromyalgia, in which a light touch can produce intense pain, is not always understood by partners, complicating sexual relationships. And stiffness after sexual intercourse can be so severe it prevents women from urinating, the study showed. Some m
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