Introduction: Female sexual dysfunction seriously affects the quality of life of women. However, most women do not have access to effective treatment.
Aim: This study aimed to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of the use of acupuncture in female sexual dysfunction treatment based on existing clear acupuncture protocol and experience-supported face-to-face therapy.
Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed on 24 patients with female sexual dysfunction who received acupuncture from October 2018 to February 2022. The Chinese version of the female sexual function index , subjective sensation, sexual desire, sexual arousal, vaginal lubrication, orgasm, sexual satisfaction, and dyspareunia scores were compared before and after the treatment in all 24 patients.
Main outcome measure: A specific female sexual function index questionnaire was used to assess changes in female sexual function before and after the acupuncture treatment.
Results: In this study, the overall treatment improvement rate of female sexual dysfunction was 100%. The Chinese version of the female sexual function index total score, sexual desire score, sexual arousal score, vaginal lubrication score, orgasm score, sexual satisfaction score, and dyspareunia score during intercourse were significantly different before and after the treatment (P < .05). Consequently, participants reported high levels of satisfaction with acupuncture. This study indicates that acupuncture could be a new and effective technique for treating female sexual dysfunction. The main advantages of this study are its design and efficacy in treating female sexual dysfunction.
To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of female sexual dysfunction using the female sexual function index scale from 6 dimensions. The second advantage is that the method used (ie, the nonpharmacological method) is simple, readily available, highly safe with few side effects, and relatively inexpensive with high patient satisfaction. However, limitations include small sample size and lack of further detailed grouping, pre and post control study of patients, blank control group, and pre and post control study of sex hormones.
Conclusion: Acupuncture can effectively treat female sexual dysfunction from all dimensions with high safety, good satisfaction, and definite curative effect, and thus, it is worthy of promotion and application.