Women With Fibromyalgia Have Higher Rates of Sexual Dysfunction, Turkish Study Says

Women With Fibromyalgia Have Higher Rates of Sexual Dysfunction, Turkish Study Says
Women with fibromyalgia have higher rates of sexual dysfunction, sleep disturbances, and depression, a Turkish study of married women found. The findings of the study, "Association Between Sexual Dysfunction, Sleep Impairment and Depression in Women with Fibromyalgia," were published in Sexuality and Disability. Fibromyalgia is a complex condition characterized by widespread chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, sexual dysfunction, and memory and mood issues. It is estimated to affect 2 to 8% of the general population. The disorder tends to affect mostly women, especially those who are either near or undergoing menopause. "Based on the results of previous studies, depression, anxiety, fatigue and widespread pain are the leading causative factors of sexual dysfunction in patients with FMS [fibromyalgia]," the researchers said. "Understanding the association between sexual dysfunction, sleep disorder, depression and FMS is of importance for the development of prevention and treatment strategies." In this study, investigators from the Bahcelievler State Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey, and their colleagues, set out to determine if women with fibromyalgia have higher rates of sexual dysfunction and sleep disturbances compared with those who do not have the disorder. The prospective cross-sectional study enrolled a total of 54 women with fibromyalgia and 41 healthy women (controls) of a similar age and body mass index (BMI). The participants were all married and had similar numbers of children. All were asked to complete four different questionnaires: The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), which evaluates sleep quality in older adults The Revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (RFIQ), used to assess disease severity The Beck Depression Inve
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