Physical, psychological and sexual effects in multi-ethnic Malaysian women who have undergone hysterectomy

Wong, L.P. and Arumugam, K. (2012) Physical, psychological and sexual effects in multi-ethnic Malaysian women who have undergone hysterectomy. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, 38 (8). pp. 1095-1105. ISSN 1341-8076

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Abstract

Aim: The postoperative effects on Asian women after hysterectomy have not been fully explored. This study was undertaken to investigate the physical, psychological and sexual functioning effects in multi-ethnic Malaysian women who have undergone hysterectomy. Material and Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted on women who underwent hysterectomy at the Gynecological Outpatient Clinic, University of Malaya Medical Center between November 2008 and October 2009. Results: Postoperative physical and psychological effects were common. Participants with higher household income had a significantly lower number of physical and psychological problems. Young women were more likely to experience psychological effects. There were significant differences between ethnic groups in physical and psychological symptoms. A multivariate model to determine factors associated with sexual functioning identified the importance of sexual relationship, spouse or partner's attitudes, and ethnic groups as significant covariates. Conclusion: The findings underscore the importance of ethnic-based approaches to counseling to mitigate the psychological effects of hysterectomy and to focus on young women with low socioeconomic status.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Times Cited: 0 Wong, Li Ping Arumugam, Kulenthran
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms azrahani halim
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 03:48
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 03:48
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/8101

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