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Sexual assault in military linked to sexual pain

Key clinical point: Sexual assault in the military is more likely to lead to lasting sexual pain in female veterans than a history of childhood sexual abuse.

Major finding: Women whose history of sexual assault occurred in the military only were 2.37 times more likely to report sexual pain and those with histories of childhood sexual abuse but no military assaults were 1.75 times more likely to report sexual pain, compared with veterans who had no history of sexual assault.

Study details: An observational interview study of 1,004 female veterans.

Disclosures: The study was funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The authors did not report any relevant financial disclosures.


Pulverman CS et al. Obstet Gynecol. 2019;134:63-71.