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MARRERO-GONZALEZ, Cristo Manuel; PEREZ-HERRERA, Alicia  y  GARCIA-HERNANDEZ, Alfonso Miguel. Sexuality in persons with an ostomate. A review about qualitative investigations between 2012 and 2022. Ene. [online]. 2023, vol.17, n.1, 1585.  Epub 29-Mayo-2023. ISSN 1988-348X.


carrying a stoma has a shocking affectation for a person at an integral level. The effects range from physiological to psychological, emotional, social and family. Sexuality is not left out when the person's anatomy, physiology and body image are altered.

General objective:

to review the qualitative methodology studies published between 2012 and 2022 that have been published in Spanish, English and Portuguese on how a person's sexuality is affected by having an ostomy.


a bibliographic review of descriptive and retrospective design is proposed in Spanish, English and Portuguese between August and September 2022 in the Dialnet, Cuiden, Scielo, Lilacs, Pubmed, Science Direct and EBSCO databases.


the physiological dysfunctions and anatomical alterations imply an affectation of the body image that stigmatizes the person who carries an ostomy, being able to give up their sexual life due to fears of injuring the stoma or due to psychological affectations, the role of the stomatherapist nurse being important to overcome these problems.


the patient with an ostomy must be cared holistically and throughout the surgical process and sexuality must be approached without taboos. Qualitative research is necessary to better understand the patient in this new context.

Palabras clave : Ostomy; sexuality; qualitative research; nursing.

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