• Rikke Juel Lolk
4. term, Master of Sexology (Continuing education) (Continuing Education Programme (Master))
Background: LS is a chronic skin disease that particularly affects women, in or around menopause but the disease is also, seen in younger women, men and children. LS causes some genes in the form of anatomical changes on the external genitalia such as shrinkage of the inner labia growing together of foreskin over the clitoris and a tight introitus. The disease has a diagnostic delay of 5 years.
There is, created a few international studies but those who are, suggesting that women are experiencing sexological issues as well as a deterioration of their quality of life compared with women without LS. Studies primarily deal with the older woman who is in her peri- or postmenopausal stage. There is, as far as it´s known, at this stage, no other studies about the LS and the younger woman.

Aims: To examine how sex, intimate relationships as well as body image, affect the younger Danish women with LS who are in long-term relationships.

Methods: Literature as well as 4 qualitative interviews where the literature that are presented in the field helps to form a prior. This prior use for the preparation of an interview guide where the semi-structured interview form with a phenomenological/hermeneutic approach is selected
Problem formulation be answered using the 4 qualitative interviews as well as the selected literature.
For the qualitative interview included four volunteers with LS, women aged 25-35 years.
Conclusions: The studies suggest that younger women with LS experience challenges relating to sex/intimate relationship and their body image. It can be graded according to how advanced the disease is and thus shows a higher degree of influence of the biological, psychological, social and cultural dimension of the person whose illness is furthest advanced
The study suggests that there is a need for further research on the topic.
Publication date8 May 2015
Number of pages45
ID: 211163478