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Women with a history of sexual abuse: sexual dysfunction risk and quality of life


Researchers have assessed scores for sexual dysfunction risk and quality of life in a cohort of women in Brazil who had a history of sexual abuse.

The present study was a secondary analysis of a cross-sectional study conducted between February 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012.

Women aged 18-49 years attending a family planning clinic at the University of Campinas, Brazil, who were in a heterosexual relationship and reported engaging in sexual intercourse in the 4 weeks prior to the study were enrolled.
Participants were asked to complete the World Health Organization Quality of Life Questionnaire, Abbreviated Version, and the Female Sexual Function Index ( FSFI ) questionnaire.
Data were grouped based on a history of sexual abuse.
An FSFI score of no higher than 26.55 was considered the cut off for sexual dysfunction.

The prevalence of FSFI-defined sexual dysfunction was higher in participants with a history of sexual abuse ( P less than 0.001 ) and participants with a history of sexual abuse had significantly lower scores across all quality of life domains.

In conclusion, increased risk of sexual dysfunction among women with a history of sexual abuse suggests potential problems in the sex lives of individuals in this population. ( Xagena )

Carreiro AV et al, Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2016; Epub ahead of print

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