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Let’s talk about sex: Kvinnors upplevelse av sin sexualitet och behov av stöd efter en gynekologisk cancerdiagnos
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Section of Occupational Therapy.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Titel: Let´s talk about sex

-        Kvinnors upplevelse av sin sexualitet och behov av stöd efter en gynekologisk cancerdiagnos

År: 2019

 

Författare: Alexandra Andersson miss_alexandra@live.se

Handledare: Anita Nilsson Universitetslektor Inst. för omvårdnad Umeå universitet samt klinisk lektor vid Medicin centrum NUS anita.1.nilsson@umu.se

Nyckelord:  Gynekologisk cancer, Sexualitet, Arbetsterapi, Sexuellt stöd, Kvalitativ studie

Sammanfattning:                                                                                                                            IntroduIntroduktion: Årligen diagnosticeras 2900 kvinnor med gynekologisk cancer i Sverige och majoriteten lider av sexuella problem. Sexualitet är en fundamental aspekt av människans utveckling, beteende och personlighet. Trots att arbetsterapeuter tycker att sexualitet är ett viktigt område att inkludera i sitt arbete är det få som arbetar med sexualitet. Forskning hävdar att sexualitet bör inkluderas i deras arbete då arbetsterapi syftar till att hjälpa individen att kunna utföra meningsfulla aktiviteter.                                                                                                                                                  Syfte: Studiens syfte är att belysa kvinnors upplevelse av sin sexualitet mer än ett år efter besked om gynekologisk cancer och att identifiera behov av stöd för sexuellt välbefinnande.                                                                                                                                          Metod: Studien är en kvalitativ studie med kvalitativ- och tematisk innehållsanalys enligt Lundman och Hällgren Graneheim samt Braun och Clarke. Nio kvinnor i åldern 38–58 år deltog i semistrukturerade intervjuer.                                                                                                                           Resultat: Kvinnorna beskriver sexualitet som ett viktigt basbehov och många av kvinnorna känner sig stympade då de lider av sexuella problem och förändrade roller samt berättar flera informanter att eventuella relationer påverkats negativt av deras sexuella besvär. Kvinnorna uttrycker behov av information och hjälpmedel och de önskar bland annat att vården bjuder in till samtal i syfte att ge kvinnorna och eventuell partner verktyg för att hantera sexuella problem.                                                                                                                                                        Slutsats: Sexuellt stöd till drabbade kvinnor måste öka och för att kunna tillgodose kvinnors behov måste vårdens aktörer få en ökad förståelse för hur sexualiteten och eventuella relationer kan påverkas av sjukdomarna och/eller behandlingar och ta del av kvinnornas berättelser för att få veta när samt hur de vill ha stöd.

Abstract [en]

Title:  Let´s talk about sex

-        Women's experience of their sexuality and needs for support after a gynecological cancer diagnosis

Year: 2019

Author: Alexandra Andersson miss_alexandra@live.se

Tutor: Anita Nilsson Universitetslektor Inst. för omvårdnad Umeå universitet samt klinisk lektor vid Medicin centrum NUS anita.1.nilsson@umu.se

Keywords: Gynaecological cancer, Sexuality, Occupational therapy, Sexual Support, Qualitative study

 

Abstract:

 Introduction: Every year, 2,900 women are diagnosed with gynecological cancer in Sweden and most of them suffer from sexual problems. Sexuality is a fundamental aspect of human development, behaviour and personality. Although occupational therapists consider that sexuality is an important area to include, only few works with sexuality. Research claims that sexuality should be included in occupational therapy as the aim of occupational therapy is to help individual to perform meaningful activities. Aims: The aim of the study is to illuminate women's experience of their sexuality more than a year after a gynecological cancer diagnosis and to identify needs for support for sexual well-being.                                                                                                                                                                  Methods: The study is a qualitative study with qualitative-and thematic content analysis according to Lundman et.al and Braun et.al. Nine women aged 38-58 participated in semi-structured interviews.                                                                                                                                                         Results: Women describes sexuality as an important basic need and many of them feel mutilated when they suffer from sexual problems and altered roles. Several informants report that their relationships were adversely affected by their sexual problems. They have needs for information and aids and wish that the health care providers invited them and their partner to talk about sexual concerns in order to give them tools to deal with their sexual problems.                                                                                                                                               Conclusion: Sexual support for affected women must increase, and in order to meet women's needs care providers must gain an increased understanding of how sexuality and relationships can be affected by the diseases and/or by treatments, and take part of the women's stories to know when and how they want support.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 46
Keywords [en]
Gynaecological cancer, Sexuality, Occupational therapy, Sexual Support, Qualitative study
Keywords [sv]
Gynekologisk cancer, Sexualitet, Arbetsterapi, Sexuellt stöd, Kvalitativ studie
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Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-161155OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-161155DiVA, id: diva2:1332248
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Master's Programme in Occupational Therapy
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