Perceptions about the sexuality of women with fibromyalgia syndrome: a phenomenological study

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Matarín Jimenez, T., Fernández-Sola, C., Hernández-Padilla, J., Correa-Casado, M., Antequera-Raynal, L. and Granero-Molina, J. 2017. Perceptions about the sexuality of women with fibromyalgia syndrome: a phenomenological study. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 73 (7), pp. 1646-1656. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13262
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TitlePerceptions about the sexuality of women with fibromyalgia syndrome: a phenomenological study
AuthorsMatarín Jimenez, T., Fernández-Sola, C., Hernández-Padilla, J., Correa-Casado, M., Antequera-Raynal, L. and Granero-Molina, J.
Abstract

Aims: The aim of this study was to explore and understand the perceptions and experiences of women with fibromyalgia syndrome regarding their sexuality.
Background: Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic pathology, which compromises a woman’s physical, mental and emotional health. Although concerns related to sexuality are commonly reported, research has tended to focus on the physical symptoms.
Design: An interpretive qualitative research methodology using Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics was carried out.
Methods: This qualitative study explores the sexuality of women with fibromyalgia syndrome. A focus group and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 women with fibromyalgia syndrome. Data were collected between April - June 2014. Participants were recruited until findings reached saturation.
Findings: Three themes define the perception of sexuality for these women: (i) Physical impact: don’t touch, don’t look; (ii) Sexuality and identity: fighting against their loss; (iii) Impact on the relationship: sexuality as a way of connecting the couple.
Conclusion: Despite limitations, sexuality is important for the identity and quality of life of women with fibromyalgia syndrome. Together with the physical symptomology, guilt, fear and a lack of understanding compromise the coping process. Women need the support of their partner, their socio-family environment and health professionals. Nurses can aid the successful adjustment to sexual problems related to fibromyalgia syndrome.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherWiley
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
ISSN0309-2402
Publication dates
Online22 Feb 2017
Print07 Jul 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Nov 2017
Accepted04 Jan 2017
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright Statement

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Matarín Jiménez T.M., Fernández-Sola C., Hernández-Padilla J.M., Correa Casado M., Antequera Raynal L.H. & Granero-Molina J. (2017) Perceptions about the sexuality of women with fibromyalgia syndrome: a phenomenological study. Journal of Advanced Nursing 73(7), 1646–1656. doi: 10.1111/jan.13262, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jan.13262. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13262
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