International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine
Research and Clinical Center for Infertility, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences of Yazd
Vol. 17, No. 1, 2019, pp. 41-50
Bioline Code: rm19005
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2019, pp. 41-50
© Copyright 2019 - Maryam Zamani et al.
The effect of sexual health counseling on women’s sexual satisfaction in postpartum period: A randomized clinical trial|
Zamani, Maryam; Roudsari, Robab Latifnejad; Moradi, Maryam & Esmaily, Habibollah
Background: Many couples experience decreasing sexual satisfaction in postpartum
period. Various sexual health counseling approaches have been designed for
postpartum women to address their common sexual concerns and problems.
Objective: This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of Women’s Postpartum
Sexual Health Program (WPSHP) on women’s sexual satisfaction in postpartum period.
Materials and Methods: The study was a single blind randomized clinical trial on
75 postpartum women aged 18–35 yr with low sexual satisfaction who attended
urban health-care centres in Mashhad, Iran in 2016. Data were collected using a
demographic questionnaire, the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales-21, and the Larson
Sexual Satisfaction Questionnaire. The intervention group received counselling based
on the WPSHP, a four-session, group- and couples-based program. The control group
just received postpartum routine care.
Results: Both the intervention and control groups were homogeneous for demographic
variables. According to the Mann-Whitney test, sexual satisfaction score in the
intervention group was significantly higher than the control group 8 weeks after
the intervention (p < 0.001). According to the Wilcoxon test, there was a significant
difference in the mean score of sexual satisfaction before and after intervention in the
intervention group (p < 0.001).
Conclusion: WPSHP caused higher levels of sexual satisfaction. It is therefore
recommended to use this program in women during the postpartum period to promote
their sexual satisfaction.
Sexual satisfaction; Sexual counseling; Sexual health; Postpartum.
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