Elements associated with Iranian women's sexual behaviours: A cross-sectional study|
Khoei, Effat Merghati; Alavi, Tahoora; Maasoumi, Raziyeh & Sheikhan, Fatemeh
Background: Women constitute about half of the Iranian population. Sexual
behaviour is one of the most important elements in their lives. Identifying the
elements associated with sexual behaviours seems necessary in order to draw a
thorough picture of Iranian women's sexuality.
Objective: To elicit information from Iranian women at their reproductive ages on
sexual behaviours related to their elements including sexual capacity, sexual
motivation, performance and sexual scripts.
Materials and Methods: Study participants involved 295 women at reproductive
age from five different cities. Women completed a national self-reporting
questionnaire on elements related to sexual behaviours. The elements included
sexual capacity, sexual motivation, sexual performance, and sexual script. Pearson’s
correlation variance analysis and multi-linear regression were used to analyze data.
Results: Significant positive correlation was found between the sexual capacity,
motivation, performance, and sexual script (p<0.001). Linear regression showed that
the effective variable on the sexual performance were women's ages (p=0.02), and
tertiary education (p=0.05). A significant association was found between age and
sexual motivation score, too. A significant relation was observed between the history
of pregnancy and level of education with a positive response to sexual script
Conclusion: Identifying the elements of sexual behaviours would help women
understand their sexual behaviours and related influencing factors. Therefore,
enrichment of women's sexuality is needed; also a well-planned educational program
is a need for women to understand their sexuality-related potentials.
Sexual behaviour; Iranian women; Reproductive age.