Mindfulness and Sex Therapy

Mindfulness and Sex Therapy

2016-01-01 00:00:00

There has been limited recent research on the evaluation of psychological interventions for female sexual dysfunction (FSD). This paper presents the evaluation of an online psychological intervention for FSD. Pursuing Pleasure (PP) was an online, mindfulness-based, cognitive behavioral therapy for FSD. 

Methods: The PP consisted of six online modules that included psychoeducation, sensate focus, communication exercises, cognitive exercises and email contact with a therapist. PP incorporated mindfulness training and online chat groups, and assessed partner sexual functioning. Twenty-six women with FSD and related distress completing the PP program and their scores on sexual and relationship functioning were compared to a waitlist control group of 31 women also experiencing FSD and distress. In Study 2, 16 women from the control group then completed treatment. The authors did not use a control group in Study 2. 

Results: Sexual problems reported by women in both groups included difficulties with sexual desire, arousal, orgasm and pain. The treatment group demonstrated significant improvements in all domains of female sexual response (except for sexual pain), and significant reductions in the reported frequency of sexual problems and distress. Partner sexual functioning also showed positive change. Improvements in female sexual functioning and some improvements in male partner sexual functioning were maintained at 3-month follow-up.

Results also demonstrated that both treatment groups demonstrated significant improvements in sexual intimacy and communication, and emotional intimacy improved significantly in the Study 1 treatment group. Most improvements were maintained at follow-up.

Conclusion: This study demonstrated the effectiveness of PP as a treatment for FSD. Women who are geographically isolated, who are unable to attend face-to-face therapy and who possess a high degree of motivation are particularly suitable for this type of therapy.

Areas of Interest / Categories: Mindfulness
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