Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD in Reproductive Health, Research Center for Nursing and Midwifery Care, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran

2 Department of midwifery, Afshar Hostpital, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran

3 PhD Student of Reproductive Health, University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

4 Research Center for Nursing and Midwifery Care, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran PhD Student of Reproductive Health, University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


BACKGROUND: Sexual function is affected by many psychological factors and emotions. The
impact of emotion management varies in different fertility situationsThis can affect women’s sexual
function. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between sexual function
and emotional intelligence and its components based on fertility status in women referring to health
centers in Yazd.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study is a correlational study that was performed on
165 women with inclusion criteria and referred to 4 selected health centers in Yazd in 2017. The
study tools include demographic questionnaire, Female Sexual Function Index sexual function, and
Bar‑On emotional intelligence. The fertility status of women in the present study included a history of
infertility, number of children, and history of abortion. The analysis was performed using descriptive
statistical methods and analytical tests with SPSS software version 18.
RESULTS: The mean score of all components of emotional intelligence except the components of
self‑expression, independence, and emotional self‑awareness and also the total score of emotional
intelligence infertile people was significantly higher than infertile people (P < 0.05). Regarding
the relationship between emotional intelligence and sexual function in terms of fertility variables,
a significant correlation was observed between the mean scores of all components of emotional
intelligence except interpersonal relationships, flexibility, responsibility, empathy, and self‑expression
with sexual performance score in fertile individuals.(P = 0.000).
CONCLUSION: As a result, it is suggested that the institutions in charge of women’s affairs try to
increase emotional intelligence and improve women’s sexual function by holding workshops and
classes for women, especially in women with infertility, childlessness, and history of abortion.


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