The effect of sexual health counseling on women’s sexual satisfaction in postpartum period: A randomized clinical trial

Zamani, M. and Latifnejad Roudsari, R. and Moradi, M. and Esmaily, H. (2019) The effect of sexual health counseling on women’s sexual satisfaction in postpartum period: A randomized clinical trial. International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine, 17 (1). pp. 41-50.

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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. © Maryam Zamani et al.

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Additional Information: Cited By :1 Export Date: 16 February 2020 Correspondence Address: Latifnejad Roudsari, R.; Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical SciencesIran; email:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Postpartum Sexual counseling Sexual health Sexual satisfaction adult article controlled study Depression Anxiety Stress Scale female human human experiment Iran major clinical study puerperium questionnaire randomized controlled trial rank sum test single blind procedure urban health young adult
Subjects: WQ Obstetrics
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mr lib1 lib1
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2020 05:45
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2020 05:45

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