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How Does Paying Attention Improve Sexual Functioning in Women? A Review of Mechanisms

15 March 2017

Publication Date
February 2017

Original Abstract
Female sexual dysfunction (FSD), consisting of a constellation of distressing sexual symptoms, is highly prevalent worldwide. Given the central role played by psychological factors in the development of FSD, psychologically and in particular mindfulness-based interventions have arisen as potential treatment options for women.

Although mindfulness-based interventions have been evaluated in samples of women with gynecologic cancer; a history of sexual abuse; multiple sclerosis; and spinal cord injury; and provoked vestibulodynia, the mechanisms by which mindfulness leads to improvements in sexual functioning are largely unstudied. 

Arora, N. and Brotto, L. (2017). How does paying attention improve sexual functioning in women? A review of mechanisms. Sexual Medicine Review. DOI: 10.1016/j.sxmr.2017.01.005.

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