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Qualitative modeling of pressure vs. pain relations in women suffering from dyspareunia
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Signals and Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4310-7938
Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University.
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Clinical Psychological Science, Behavioural Medicine, Maastricht Universitair Medisch Centrum, Maastricht.
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Clinical Psychological Science, Behavioural Medicine, Maastricht Universitair Medisch Centrum, Maastricht.
2017 (English)In: IFAC-PapersOnLine, ISSN 1045-0823, E-ISSN 1797-318X, Vol. 50, no 1, 2043-2050 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Genital pain / penetration disorders affect a significant portion of the female population and diminish significantly the quality of life of the subjects. Treatments, that often consist in stretching opportunely the vaginal duct by means of opportune vaginal dilators, are known to be invasive, lengthy and uncomfortable. Designing better treatments (e.g., more efficient locations and levels of pressures) nonetheless requires understanding better how the pressure developed in the vaginal channel affects the patient and leads to subjective pain. Here we take a control-oriented approach to the problem, and aim at describing the dynamics of the pressure vs. pain mechanisms by means of opportune state space representations. In particular, we first collect and discuss the medical literature, that describes how the variables that are involved in the treatment of genital pain / penetration disorders with vaginal dilators, are logically related. After this we translate (and complete) this set of logical relations into a qualitative model that allows control oriented analyses of the dynamics. The obtained state space model is then proved to both mimic correctly what is expected from logical perspectives and reproduce behaviors measured in clinical settings.

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Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 50, no 1, 2043-2050 p.
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Control Engineering
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Control Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-66195DOI: 10.1016/j.ifacol.2017.08.207Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85031808541OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-66195DiVA: diva2:1150686
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20th IFAC World Congress, Toulouse, France, 7-14 July 2017
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Available from: 2017-10-19 Created: 2017-10-19 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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