A systematic review looking at anodyspareunia among cisgender men and women

Nercessian, Tiga-Rose, Banbury, Samantha and Chandler, Chris (2023) A systematic review looking at anodyspareunia among cisgender men and women. Journal of sex & marital therapy, 49 (7). pp. 829-841. ISSN 1521-0715

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Abstract / Description

This systematic review aims to provide an up-to-date evaluation of the available literature on anodyspareunia and treatment interventions. It aims to identify research gaps and to evaluate treatment methods in psychosexual healthcare services. Electronic searches including PubMed, PsycINFO, Web of Science, and registered clinical trials yielded 8 studies. Research centered on men who have sex with men (MSM) and cisgender women with a 3:1 ratio. In terms of causes of anodyspareunia, correlates among both MSM and cisgender women included generalized anxiety, performance anxiety, compromised well-being, lack of stimulation, lack of lubrication, and lack of sexual arousal. While research has focused on anodyspareunia among cisgender gay men, limited research has targeted other genders or sexualities including heterosexual men and lesbian and bisexual women. No research was found on intersex, transgender, and gender nonconforming people. Similarly, there were no articles that discussed or evaluated treatment strategies. The findings of this review demonstrate the paucity of research on both the condition of anodyspareunia and its treatment across genders and sexually diverse groups. Both quantitative and qualitative research would not only develop our understanding of anodyspareunia but also contribute to public health through the development of suitable treatment interventions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2023 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of sex & marital therapy on 23 April 2023, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0092623X.2023.2196265.
Uncontrolled Keywords: anodyspareunia; cisgender men; cisgender women
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 23 May 2023 10:07
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2023 15:12
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/8525

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