Treatment seeking for vulvodynia and vaginismus: a systematic review

Bond, Kathy, Mpofu, Elias, Weerakoon, Patricia and Shuttleworth, Russell 2012, Treatment seeking for vulvodynia and vaginismus: a systematic review, New voices in psychology, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 53-70.

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Title Treatment seeking for vulvodynia and vaginismus: a systematic review
Author(s) Bond, Kathy
Mpofu, Elias
Weerakoon, Patricia
Shuttleworth, RussellORCID iD for Shuttleworth, Russell
Journal name New voices in psychology
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 53
End page 70
Total pages 18
Publisher UniSA Press
Place of publication Pretoria, South Africa
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1812-6731
Keyword(s) dyspareunia
health behaviours
sexual dysfunction
treatment seeking
Summary This systematic review synthesises the current literature regarding treatment seeking decisions in women with vulvodynia and vaginismus. A database search was conducted to identify literature of interest, including both qualitative and quantitative research. Of the 555 related articles, nine were deemed eligible. Findings suggest that treatment seeking can be a protracted process that has significant implications for women with vulvodynia and vaginismus. The women’s attitudes, perceptions and distress levels impact treatment seeking, with relationship factors and selfconcept affecting motivation for treatment seeking. Knowing what motivates treatment seeking could improve the rates of diagnosis and successful treatment, thus improving the quality of life for women with vulvodynia and vaginismus.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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