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Kvinnors upplevelser av sin sexualitet under och efter avslutad bröstcancerbehandling: En litteraturöversikt
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Women´s experience of sexuality during and after treatment of breast cancer : A literature review (English)
Abstract [sv]

Bakgrund: Behandling mot bröstcancer medför olika biverkningar för kvinnor, bland annat torra slemhinnor, klåda och smärta vid samlag, samt deformation av ett eller båda brösten. Sammantaget kan dessa biverkningar inverka på kvinnors upplevelse av sin sexualitet. Mer kunskap krävs kring kvinnors upplevelser av sin sexualitet, för att utifrån det kunna ge god vård och stärka kvinnors sexuella hälsa. Syfte: Syftet med studien är att beskriva kvinnors upplevelser av sin sexualitet under och efter avslutad bröstcancerbehandling. Metod: En litteraturöversikt som är baserad på tre kvantitativa och sex kvalitativa vetenskapliga artiklar. Resultat: Kvinnorna upplevde förändring av sin kroppsbild samt sin sexualitet under och efter bröstcancerbehandling. Ångest och depression var vanligt relaterat till viktuppgång. Det fanns dock kvinnor som upplevde förändring i en positiv riktning. Oro fanns över att inte vara tillräcklig i sin sexuella relation med sin partner. Brist på information gällande behandlingar och dess biverkningar, upplevdes av kvinnorna. Diskussion: Kvinnor upplever både fysiska och psykiska besvär vid bröstcancer. Kvinnor behöver mer information innan, under och efter behandling för bröstcancer. Det är viktigt att sjuksköterskor fångar upp varje kvinna för att kunna ge en individanpassad omvårdnad. Konklusion: Kommunikation mellan sjuksköterskor, kvinnor och deras partner kan stärka kvinnor i sin sexuella hälsa.

Abstract [en]

Background: Treatment against breast cancer can cause women various side effects, including dry mucous membranes, itching, as well as deformation of one or both breasts. All in all these side effects can affect women´s experience of their sexuality and create a suffering for them. More knowledge is needed about women´s experience of their sexuality, so the nurses can provide good care and strengthen the sexual health of women. Aim: The aim of this study is to describe women´s experience of their sexuality during and after treatment of breast cancer. Method: A literature review based on three quantitative and six qualitative studies. Result: Change in body image and sexuality during or after breast cancer treatment, were a common experience among women. Anxiety and depression was common related to weight gain. However, there were women who experienced change in a positive direction after breast cancer. Concern about being insufficient in their sexual relationships with their partner was found. Women experienced lack of information about treatments and their side effects. Discussion: Both physical and mental disorders were experienced by women with breast cancer. Women needed more information before, during, and after treatment for breast cancer. In order to provide personalized care, nurse´s need to see the whole woman and meet her individual needs of caring. Conclusion: Communication both between nurses, women and their partners could strengthen women in their sexual health.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 22
Keywords [en]
body image, female, information, literature review, sexual health
Keywords [sv]
information, kroppsuppfattning, kvinna, litteraturöversikt, sexuell hälsa
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-16371OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-16371DiVA, id: diva2:1261622
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Nursing/Nursing Science
Educational program
Nursing - Study Programme
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Available from: 2018-11-14 Created: 2018-11-08 Last updated: 2018-11-14Bibliographically approved

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