Document Type : Original Article


Department of Midwifery, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran


BACKGROUND: The beginning of a marital relationship is very important as a part of a family
relationship, and it satisfies many mental and physical necessities in a safe environment and has
a great impact on people’s health. The aims of this study were to investigate the effectiveness of
sexual health counseling based on cognitive behavioral approach on satisfaction and excitability of
newly married women.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: A randomized clinical trial study was conducted in 50 newly married
women who referred to the health center of Jiroft City. They randomly divided into the intervention
and the control groups. All of the participants completed Linda Berg’s Sexual Satisfaction Scale
before intervention, 8 weeks after intervention and 4 weeks later (follow‑up). The interventional
group participated in CBT (8 sessions, 90 min), but the control group received routine counseling.
In all tests, a significance level of 0.05 was considered. Data were analyzed by SPSS version 20.
Descriptive test, t‑test, and repeated measure test used to analyze data.
RESULTS: In intervention group, sexual satisfaction was obtained 51.88 ± 12.27, 57.2 ± 12.88
and 62.76 ± 11.35 (P < 0.05) and in the control group was gotten 47.12 ± 9.6, 45.8 ± 8.07 and
43.48 ± 7.39 (P > 0.05) before intervention, 8 weeks after intervention and 4 weeks later (follow‑up),
respectively. In intervention group, sexual excitability was obtained 82.80 ± 17.24, 91.72 ± 13.07,
and 99.28 ± 11.2 (P < 0.05) and in the control group was gotten 87.04 ± 12.99, 87.48 ± 11.64, and
81.96 ± 12.83 (P > 0.05).
CONCLUSION: It can be concluded that cognitive‑behavioral counseling can help to improve the
sexual satisfaction and excitability of the newly married and can be used to improve and promote
women’s sexual health.


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