Pain Research and Management

Pain Research and Management / 2008 / Article

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Volume 13 |Article ID 369382 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2008/369382

Annie Breton, Colleen M Miller, Kim Fisher, "Enhancing the Sexual Function of Women Living with Chronic Pain: A Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment Group", Pain Research and Management, vol. 13, Article ID 369382, 6 pages, 2008. https://doi.org/10.1155/2008/369382

Enhancing the Sexual Function of Women Living with Chronic Pain: A Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment Group

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Chronic pain significantly impacts women’s quality of life in the domain of sexual function. Treatment aimed at improving the sexual function of women living with chronic pain is minimal or absent within an interdisciplinary rehabilitation pain program.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a cognitive-behavioural treatment group designed to improve the sexual function of women with chronic pelvic pain, daily headache pain and neuromusculoskeletal pain within an interdisciplinary rehabilitation pain program.METHODS: Participants were 47 women who attended the treatment group. A physical therapist and a psychologist facilitated the group. The participants completed a modified version of the Sexual Activity Questionnaire pregroup and at one month postgroup, and a Treatment Helpfulness Questionnaire at the final group session.RESULTS: All 47 women found the treatment group helpful. Sexual function improved as evidenced by significant differences (Wilcoxon signed-rank test, P<0.05) from pregroup to postgroup on measures of enjoyment, lubrication, satisfaction after sexual activity and satisfaction with frequency. Improvements occurred despite no change in pain level during penetration or fatigue level from pregroup to post-group. Treatment helpfulness results showed that women valued the knowledge and skills gained in the group. Qualitative findings suggest that a cognitive shift, and communication and partner involvement may be mechanisms of change for improved sexual function.CONCLUSIONS: The sexual function of women with chronic pain can be significantly enhanced by a cognitive-behavioural treatment group delivered within an interdisciplinary rehabilitation pain program.

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