Women with Fibromyalgia and Female Sexual Dysfunction Need Social and Formal Support, Study Says

Women with Fibromyalgia and Female Sexual Dysfunction Need Social and Formal Support, Study Says
Women with fibromyalgia who experience female sexual dysfunction (FSD) feel they need support not only from their partners, but also from patient associations and healthcare professionals, a study shows. The study titled, “Social Support for Female Sexual Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia,” was published in the journal Clinical Nursing Research. Sexual dysfunction is common in women with fibromyalgia (FM) as the disease can cause neurovegetative symptoms (decreased sleep, appetite, and sex drive), painful sexual intercourse, decreased lubrication, or impaired pelvic muscles. Patients also have decreased sexual desire and libido, which could lead to an aversion to sexual relations. There is a distinct lack of studies on female sexual dysfunction specifically in women with fibromyalgia. The multiple factors related to female sexual dysfunction in FM patients highlights the need to explore this topic further, particularly in the area of women’s subjective experiences, researchers said. Previous research shows that stigma, self-management, coping, and social support all play a role in determining the quality of life for women with sexual dysfunction and their partners. Researchers in Spain wanted to explore and understand the experiences and expectations of women with fibromyalgia regarding social support systems for female sexual dysfunction. Thirteen women participated in the two-part study. In the first part, five participants took part in a focus group; the other eight were included in the second part, in which in-depth interviews were conducted. Two overarching themes emerged, the first related to “searching for unde
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