Psychoeducational group increases vaginal dilation for younger women and reduces sexual fears for women of all ages with gynecological carcinoma treated with radiotherapy

McKay, Alexander
June 1999
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Summer99, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p145
Academic Journal
The article presents a research summary on a psycho-educational intervention to improve sexual health of women following gynecological cancer treatment with radiotherapy. The authors developed and evaluated a 3-hour psycho-educational intervention designed to increase the use of dilators and enhance the sexual health of women with gynecological carcinoma attending a cancer center in Calgary, Alberta. The women completed evaluation questionnaires before the intervention and 3, 6, 9, and 12 months afterwards. The questionnaire included the Sexual History Form, a sexual knowledge test, and a five-item scale that measured fears about sexuality and cancer. Results of the evaluation indicated that over time the women's fears about sexual activity were significantly lower in the intervention group than in the control group. The intervention improved sexual knowledge The results of the study also indicated that young women, in particular, may benefit from psycho-educational group interventions designed to improve their sexual health after treatment for gynecological cancer.


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