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Assessing the effect of fibromyalgia on patients’ sexual activity – Source: Nursing Standard, Sep 2008

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Aims: The primary aim of this study was to investigate whether a questionnaire developed for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could also be used with patients who have fibromyalgia. A secondary aim was to assess the impact of fibromyalgia on sexuality.

Method: In the first of two phases the face and content validity of a sexuality questionnaire already being used in patients with RA were assessed in a qualitative, audio-taped, interview study of five patients with fibromyalgia.

The second phase consisted of a self-report questionnaire distributed to 60 patients with fibromyalgia.

Findings: The interview data confirmed that the content of the RA sexuality questionnaire was relevant to patients with fibromyalgia. A total of 43 (72%) questionnaires were returned and, of these, 41 (95%) were usable.

Patients reported that fibromyalgia had altered their sexual relationship. They cited pain, stiffness, fatigue, reduced sexual drive and the impact of drug therapy as the main reasons.

Conclusions: The symptoms associated with fibromyalgia had a negative effect on sexual enjoyment. The questionnaire appears to be useful in addressing sexuality in patients with fibromyalgia.

Source: Nursing Standard, Sep 2008. 23(2):35-61. PMID: 18828292, by Ryan S, Hill J, Thwaites C, Dawes P. Haywood Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. [E-mail: sarah.ryan@stokepct.nhs.uk]

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6 thoughts on “Assessing the effect of fibromyalgia on patients’ sexual activity – Source: Nursing Standard, Sep 2008”

  1. loto says:

    I’m glad this study was done. Now I can show my husband that I’m not lying to him about my low libido! He never believed me when I told him that the reason I don’t feel like having sex is because of my Fibromyalgia!

  2. loto says:

    Is there any kind of medication for low libido in fibromyalgia patients? Please help!!!!!

  3. funnyface1 says:

    I always feel tired, and have too much pain to really get into it. Would like to but it is rare!

  4. loto says:

    tell me about it. glad i’m not the only one out there who feels the same way.

  5. jjensen says:

    As fibromites, we already knew this. Now some brilliant researcher needs to fix this. Or has someone found a way to cope with their low libido on their own?

  6. hohenstauffen says:

    I’ve been disabled by Fibro for 18yrs now, but it has not
    affected my sex drive at all. Although I am single I have to take care of myself daily [sometimes 3 times a day] and I would say I am as ready willing and able at 57
    as I was at 11! [I am also diagnosed with Bursitis,Scoliosis, Arthritis,etc., and my bones move around too much legs,hips,shoulders,etc., and a few other things, but I have read that sex helps fight against pains!] So there
    is hope for all of us – I guess it’s also in the Mind!


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