Introduction: Vaginismus is among the important sexual dysfunctions affecting women's life ending with increased sexual distress and decrease sexual life quality.
Methods: This descriptive correlational study was conducted with 218 women with vaginismus. Data were obtained using the Female Sexual Distress Scale- Revised, and Sexuality Quality of Life Questionnaire-Female.
Results: Increased vaginismus degree, correlates with sexual distress and quality of sexual life (p=0.001). Positive first-time sex experience showed lower sexual distress and higher quality of sexual life in comparison with negative experience (p=0.001). In addition, as the degree of vaginismus increases, sexual distress increases and quality of life decreases (p<0,05). The sexual distress inventory and quality of sexual life differed between groups according to different variables such as like wish to remain still a child, the importance the family attaches to being a good girl and growing up in a religious beliefs dominant home (p=0.001).
Conclusion: Findings point to the importance of sociodemographic characteristics, health, sexual life, and family interaction data, as well as sexual distress and quality of sexual life, in the evaluation of women with a diagnosis of vaginismus. Midwives play a key role in identification of vaginismus, supporting and follow up the treatment process and can make an important contribution to the improvement of women's sexual health in primary, secondary health care settings with sexual health education and consultancy studies on women's sexual health.
Anahtar Kelimeler: Women's Sexual Health, Female Sexual Dysfunctions, Vaginismus, Sexuality, Sexual Distress, Sexual Life Quality, Midwife