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Psychosomatics. 2007 Sep-Oct;48(5):385-93.

Effect of childhood sexual abuse on gynecologic care as an adult.

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Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University Hospital, Clinic for Endocrinology, Frauenklinikstr. 10, CH 8091 Zürich, Switzerland. Brigitte.Leeners@usz.ch

Abstract

The study sought to evaluate whether childhood sexual abuse (CSA) experiences significantly affect the gynecologic care received as an adult. A self-administered questionnaire including eight questions on CSA was completed by 85 women exposed to CSA and 170 matched-control women. Women exposed to CSA experienced gynecologic examinations as anxiety-provoking significantly more often and sought more treatment for acute gynecologic problems; 43.5% of these women experienced memories of the original abuse situation during gynecologic consultations. Gynecologic care is particularly distressing for women exposed to CSA.

PMID:
17878496
DOI:
10.1176/appi.psy.48.5.385
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