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Vol 10, No 1 (2012)
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Published online: 2012-09-07
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Sexual functioning and psychological situation of women suffering from vulvodynia

Dagna Kocur
Seksuologia Polska 2012;10(1):15-20.

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Vol 10, No 1 (2012)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2012-09-07

Abstract

Introduction. Vulvodynia is a disease consisting in feeling a different level of pain and discomfort in the region of the female genitalia. Studies show that over 12% women can suffer from this disorder. The disease is chronic in its character and, as a result, has a significant impact on women’s psychological situation. The aim of the research was to check the psychological situation and sexual functioning of women with vulvodynia and to verify the hypothesis assuming a different prevalence of vulvodynia depending on the patient psychological gender.
Materials and methods.
The research was conducted using a proprietary tool for assessing the psychological situation of women and the quality of physician-patient contacts, the Sex Role Inventory (IPP) developed by Kuczyńska and Multidimensional Sexuality Questionnaire (MSQ) by Snell. The study covered 30 women suffering from vulvodynia (study group) and 30 healthy women (control group).
Results. In the group of women suffering from vulvodynia prevailed women with the feminine psychological gender. The study group was generally in worse psychological situation and featured worse contacts with physicians as compared with the control group. The women suffering from vulvodynia featured lower sexuality self-control, higher level of sexual anxiety before sexual intercourses and the fear of sexual relationships.
Conclusions. The problems of vulvodynia require further research as the disease changes women’s lives significantly. It has a fundamental impact on sexuality, physical and mental state and self-esteem of the suffering women. Unfortunately, the patients very rarely receive adequate treatment. Therefore, it is necessary to educate medical professionals on the problem of vulvodynia.

Abstract

Introduction. Vulvodynia is a disease consisting in feeling a different level of pain and discomfort in the region of the female genitalia. Studies show that over 12% women can suffer from this disorder. The disease is chronic in its character and, as a result, has a significant impact on women’s psychological situation. The aim of the research was to check the psychological situation and sexual functioning of women with vulvodynia and to verify the hypothesis assuming a different prevalence of vulvodynia depending on the patient psychological gender.
Materials and methods.
The research was conducted using a proprietary tool for assessing the psychological situation of women and the quality of physician-patient contacts, the Sex Role Inventory (IPP) developed by Kuczyńska and Multidimensional Sexuality Questionnaire (MSQ) by Snell. The study covered 30 women suffering from vulvodynia (study group) and 30 healthy women (control group).
Results. In the group of women suffering from vulvodynia prevailed women with the feminine psychological gender. The study group was generally in worse psychological situation and featured worse contacts with physicians as compared with the control group. The women suffering from vulvodynia featured lower sexuality self-control, higher level of sexual anxiety before sexual intercourses and the fear of sexual relationships.
Conclusions. The problems of vulvodynia require further research as the disease changes women’s lives significantly. It has a fundamental impact on sexuality, physical and mental state and self-esteem of the suffering women. Unfortunately, the patients very rarely receive adequate treatment. Therefore, it is necessary to educate medical professionals on the problem of vulvodynia.
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Keywords

vulvodynia; vestibulodynia; psychological gender; sexuality

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Title

Sexual functioning and psychological situation of women suffering from vulvodynia

Journal

Seksuologia Polska (Polish Sexology)

Issue

Vol 10, No 1 (2012)

Pages

15-20

Published online

2012-09-07

Bibliographic record

Seksuologia Polska 2012;10(1):15-20.

Keywords

vulvodynia
vestibulodynia
psychological gender
sexuality

Authors

Dagna Kocur

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