Psychosocial Factors Influence Sexual Satisfaction among Women with Vulvodynia

Jennifer Jo Connor, Miriam Haviland, Sonya S. Brady, Beatrice Bean E. Robinson, Bernard L. Harlow

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Vulvodynia affects about 8% of women, many of whom report a negative impact on their ability to have sexually satisfying relationships. In this study, we examined predictors of sexual satisfaction in 207 women with clinically confirmed vulvodynia. We adapted a model examining resilience in chronic pain patients originally developed by Sturgeon and Zautra to include resilience factors (communication with partner about sexual health and coping strategies) and vulnerable factors (abuse history, pain intensity, rumination). These variables were regressed onto sexual satisfaction. In the full model, only emotion-based rumination was predictive of sexual satisfaction. Thus, focusing on emotion-based rumination in clinical intervention may improve sexual satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-598
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 17 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The writing of this article was partially supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH-NICHD-058608). We also thank Heidi Fall for meticulous editorial and administrative support and Dr. Jill Dreyfus for statistical consultation.

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