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A comprehensive interventional program to improve the sexual function of women with endometriosis: a mixed-methods protocol study

Reprod Health. 2024 Feb 27;21(1):29. doi: 10.1186/s12978-024-01759-4.


BACKGROUND: Endometriosis is a chronic disease affecting 6-10% of women worldwide. Sexual dysfunction has been reported in a significant percentage of these patients. Thus, the present study will be conducted to design, implement, and determine the effectiveness of an interventional program to improve the sexual function of women with endometriosis.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: This mixed-methods study will be carried out in three phases with a sequential exploratory approach. In the first phase (qualitative study) participants will be selected by purposive sampling in Isfahan, Iran. The data will be collected through in-depth interviews and field notes and analyzed using conventional content analysis. The interventional program will be designed in the second phase based on the results of the qualitative study and literature review and using the Delphi method and panel of experts. The interventional program will be implemented at the individual level in the third phase to investigate its effect on improving women’s sexual function. This phase includes quasi-experimental research, in which the pre- and post-intervention data will be collected from the intervention and control groups using the FSFI questionnaire and analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistical methods. Ultimately, a suitable interventional program will be presented by combining the data obtained in the qualitative and quantitative phases of the research.

CONCLUSION: Conducting the present study, along with the design and implementation of an appropriate, native, and culturally sensitive interventional program, can contribute to improving the sexual function of women with endometriosis and enhancing the quality of sexual relations between couples.

PMID:38414010 | DOI:10.1186/s12978-024-01759-4

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