The association between fibromyalgia and female sexual dysfunction: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies

@article{Besiroglu2018TheAB,
  title={The association between fibromyalgia and female sexual dysfunction: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies},
  author={Mehmet Besiroglu and Merve Dursun},
  journal={International Journal of Impotence Research},
  year={2018},
  pages={1-10}
}
  • M. Besiroglu, M. Dursun
  • Published 13 November 2018
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • International Journal of Impotence Research
Female sexuality in patients with fibromyalgia has received little attention in the literature, and published data have mainly relied upon a small sample size with evident heterogeneity. Our aim was to pool the observational studies on the association between fibromyalgia and sexual dysfunction in female patients to reach a more comprehensive and reliable result. The literature search comprised of Pubmed-Medline, Cochrane, and Embase databases. The relevant studies that met the inclusion… 

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