Mindfulness is the practice of intentionally being fully aware of one’s thoughts, emotions and physical sensations in a nonjudgmental way. Although mindfulness is rooted in Eastern spiritual practices, it is rapidly being embraced in Western approaches to both physical and mental health care.The empirical literature testing mindfulness for sexual problems is limited to two non-controlled studies and one qualitative study in non-distressed couples. The author co-developed a 3-session mindfulness-based CBT and tested it in two non-controlled studies. It was found to significantly improve several indices of sexual function and reduce sexual distress in women with iatrogenic sexual desire and arousal difficulties (Brotto, Basson, & Luria, 2008) and in women with sexual arousal disorder associated with gynecologic cancer (Brotto, Heiman, et al., 2008).
The goal of this presentation is to discuss the findings from four controlled trials evaluating a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral sex therapy in diverse samples of women. Mindfulness-based interventions led to significantly improved measures of sexual response, reduced sexual distress, reduced catastrophizing, and improved indices of mood, anxiety, and quality of life in our diverse samples. Among different samples of women with sexual dysfunction, a 2- or 4-session mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral intervention significantly improved several indices of sexual function and significantly reduced distress compared to a wait-list control group. These studies provide further support for the utility of incorporating mindfulness into an array of complex sexual symptom presentations.
Dr Anita Elias will present a practical assessment and management tool that helps patients understand the connection between their thoughts, emotions and physical sexual responses. This model considers
Female Sexual Dysfunction remains an evolving area lending itself to various levels of diagnostic and treatment approaches. The shift made by the recent DSM V classification translated into a need for more sophisticated and integrated provision of care to women seeking help. However, the mainstay of management of FSD continues to rest on non-hormonal, hormonal, and psycho-cognitive algorithms. Essential to that is a proper history taking and patient interview capturing all aspects of a woman’s life, physical, and psychological status.
Despite increasing research, the true prevalence of Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) remains a contentious issue. Previous research suggests that aspects of study design affect the reported prevalence of FSD. We compare commonly used instruments for assessing FSD.
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