|dc.contributor.author||Bond, Kathy Suzanne||-|
|dc.description.abstract||Female Genital Pain (FGP) is a sexual dysfunction that is difficult to diagnose and treat, which can make treatment seeking a distressing experience. In the present study the lived experience of women with genital pain as explored in order to develop a grounded model of treatment seeking for FGP. A constructivist lived experience perspective underpinned this research. Participants were 26 women with genital pain, specifically vaginismus (n=4) and (n=22). The average age of the participants was 27.
Identified motivations for seeking treatment were the belief that they might have an infection, optimistic views about their health or an expectation that relationships include intercourse. Barriers occurred when they normalised or discounted their symptoms or held negative treatment beliefs. Unsurprisingly, the identified barriers were associated with delayed treatment seeking. The women described three agendas for their consultation with a health care professional (HCP) – validation of their symptoms, an informed HCP, and a strong HCP–patient alliance. Agendas that were met played a significant role in decreasing distress.
Identified salient survivorship resources were a supportive HCP and personal agency. These resources encouraged consistent treatment seeking. The personal narratives that contributed to more consistent treatment seeking were personal agency, communion, redemption, creating meaning of suffering, positive sexual identity and positive resolution. Identities that were characterised by contamination and negative sexual self-schema were associated with no treatment seeking or delayed treatment seeking.
The findings of this study allow HCPs and researchers to better understand the needs of women with genital pain. Furthermore, this research will help guide future research and the development of future initiatives to improve the treatment of genital pain conditions, thus improving the outcomes and quality of life for women with genital pain.||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||University of Sydney||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||Faculty of Health Sciences||en_AU|
|dc.title||Living with genital Pain: women's experience of treatment seeking||en_AU|
|dc.type.pubtype||Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.||en_AU|
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