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Climacteric. 2014 Dec;17(6):674-81. doi: 10.3109/13697137.2014.926322. Epub 2014 Jul 12.

Women's expectations and experiences of hormone treatment for sexual dysfunction.

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Women's Health Research Program, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University , Melbourne, Victoria , Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

There is a paucity of information regarding women's expectations of medical treatment for female sexual dysfunction (FSD) and their self-appraisal of treatment outcomes. The aims of this study were to explore women's perception and expectations of treatment and their experiences of treatment for FSD using a qualitative approach.

METHODS:

First-time attendees to an endocrinologist with the complaint of sexual difficulties were identified and were invited to take part in an in-depth interview on the same day as, but prior to, their medical consultation. Follow-up phone interview took place 3-4 months later.

RESULTS:

Seventeen women, aged 26-70 years, participated in the face-to-face interview. Ten of these participated in the follow-up interview. Four major themes emerged from the women's narrative stories: (1) personal psychological distress associated with FSD, (2) concern about the adverse effect of FSD on the relationship with their sexual partner, (3) a belief in a relationship between FSD and 'hormone deficiency', and (4) an expectation of treatment, which included positive physical and sexual changes.

CONCLUSIONS:

Health professionals should be aware of the high degree of psychological distress that can result from FSD and consider available treatment options, which may include hormone therapy.

KEYWORDS:

FEMALE SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION; HORMONE TREATMENT; WOMEN’S EXPECTATION; WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES

PMID:
24884596
DOI:
10.3109/13697137.2014.926322
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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