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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 281-287

Non-pharmacological interventions to promote sexual function in women with Type 2 diabetes


1 M.Sc. Student of Midwifery Counseling, Student Research Committee, Nursing and Midwifery School, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
2 Diabetes Research Center, School of Medicine, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
3 Traditional Medicine and Complementary Medicine Research Center, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
4 Department of Nursing, Paramedical and Nursing School of Amol, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
5 Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Center, Nursing and Midwifery School, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Soghra Khani
Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Center, Nursing and Midwifery School, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JNMS.JNMS_51_19

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Sexual dysfunction is known as one of the chronic complications of Type 2 diabetes, having its own negative effects on marital relationships as well as quality of life. Thus, the main objective of the present study is to review nonpharmacological interventions to promote sexual function in women affected with Type 2 diabetes. This review was conducted on the studies published within early 1990–2019. The search was performed using the available databases including Scopus, Science Direct, PubMed, Google Scholar, Magiran, Barakat, and SID. The keywords used include Diabetes, Lifestyle, and Sexual function. A total of 675 articles were obtained based on the inclusion criteria; however, eight articles were found to be completely relevant to the topic of interest. The main results were divided into two main categories: Category I: lifestyle modifications (two articles) and Category II: training/counseling intervention programs (six articles). Moreover, the research instrument utilized in all studies was the Female Sexual Function Index. The results of the selected articles further revealed that lifestyle modifications and training/counseling intervention programs were effective in promoting sexual function among women with Type 2 diabetes. However, the retrieved documents were not adequate to reach a definitive conclusion. Therefore, further interventional studies using different types of counseling methods and lifestyle modifications are suggested to promote sexual function in women with Type 2 diabetes.


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