Medical conditions are more common in women who are sexually abused

Researchers have found that a variety of conditions are more common in women before and after sexual assault.

Compared with women without a known assault experience, those who experienced were more likely to have diseases of the circulatory and respiratory systems, epilepsy, and , both before and after the assault. They were also more likely to develop after the assault.

The investigators also found that the number of visits to a general practitioner was significantly higher in exposed women both before and after the assault. Complications associated with childbirth were not statistically different between the groups.

"The susceptibility of women exposed to a sexual assault is demonstrated by an increased somatic morbidity before as well as after the assault," said Dr. Mie-Louise Larsen, lead author of the Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica study, which included 2,501 women who attended the Centre for Victims of Sexual Assault in Copenhagen and 10,004 women without a known assault experience.


Explore further

Study identifies risk factors for sexual assault, including age and alcohol consumption

More information: Mie-Louise Larsen et al, Somatic health of 2500 women examined at a sexual assault center over 10 years, Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica (2016). DOI: 10.1111/aogs.12903
Provided by Wiley
Citation: Medical conditions are more common in women who are sexually abused (2016, May 4) retrieved 19 September 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-05-medical-conditions-common-women-sexually.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more