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Psychosomatics. 2009 May-Jun;50(3):277-81. doi: 10.1176/appi.psy.50.3.277.

Psychological distress in women with uterovaginal agenesis (Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome, MRKH).

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"Scaling Your Mountains" Therapeutic Practice, 11 Gregory St., The Attic Rm., Sandy Bay Holistic Veterinary Centre, Sandy Bay, Hobart, 7005 Tasmania, Australia. scalingyourmountains@bigpond.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Uterovaginal agenesis (Mayer-Rokitansky-K├╝ster-Hauser Syndrome; MRKH) is a congenital nonformation of the vagina and the uterus, but with normal ovaries.

OBJECTIVE:

The authors investigated the psychological impact of this disorder, about which very little is known.

METHOD:

A group of 66 women with MRKH were compared with 31 control-group women on a range of self-rating scales assessing psychological distress and self-esteem.

RESULTS:

Women with MRKH had significantly more pathological scores on some of the scales and subscales, such as phobic anxiety and psychoticism (interpersonal alienation), with a similar trend for subscales measuring depression and anxiety.

CONCLUSION:

MRKH has a lasting negative impact on affected women's level of psychological distress and self-esteem.

PMID:
19567768
DOI:
10.1176/appi.psy.50.3.277
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