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

Matarín Jimenez, Tamara María and Fernández-Sola, Cayetano and Hernández-Padilla, José Manuel and Correa-Casado, Matías and Antequera-Raynal, Laura and Granero-Molina, José (2017) Perceptions about the sexuality of women with fibromyalgia syndrome: a phenomenological study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73 (7). pp. 1646-1656. ISSN 0309-2402

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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.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 22984
Notes on copyright: 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.
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Depositing User: Jose Hernandez-Padilla
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 13:09
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2018 04:43
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/22984

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