Sexual counselling for treating or preventing sexual dysfunction in women living with female genital mutilation: A systematic review.

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2017 Feb;136 Suppl 1:38-42. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.12049. Sexual counselling for treating or preventing sexual dysfunction in women living with female genital mutilation: A systematic review. 

Okomo U, Ogugbue M, Inyang E, Meremikwu MM.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Female sexual dysfunction is the persistent or recurring decrease in sexual desire or arousal, the difficulty or inability to achieve an orgasm, and/or the feeling of pain during sexual intercourse. Impaired sexual function can occur with all types of female genital mutilation (FGM) owing to the structural changes, pain, or traumatic memories associated with the procedure. OBJECTIVES: To conduct a systematic review of randomized and nonrandomized studies into the effects of sexual counseling with or without genital lubricants on the sexual function of women living with FGM. SEARCH STRATEGY: Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE, African Index Medicus, SCOPUS, LILACS, CINAHL, ClinicalTrials.gov, Pan African Clinical Trials Registry, and other databases were searched to August 2015. The reference lists of retrieved studies were checked for reports of additional studies, and lead authors contacted for additional data. SELECTION CRITERIA: Studies of girls and women living with any type of FGM who received counselling interventions for sexual dysfunction were included. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: No relevant studies that addressed the objective of the review were identified. CONCLUSIONS: Despite a comprehensive search, the authors could not find evidence of the effects of sexual counseling on the sexual function of women living with FGM. Studies assessing this intervention are needed.

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