The relationship of spouse image of body with sexual function and marital adjustment in infertile women

Karamidehkordi, A.; Roudsari, D. Latifnejad
June 2014
Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine;Jun2014 Supplement, Vol. 12, p132
Academic Journal
Introduction: Spouse image of body is one of the body image concepts. It has an important role in self-esteem, marital adjustment and women's sexual health. That is, women with more positive spouse image of body may be more confident that their partners will continue to accept them and thus have more sexual function and relationship satisfaction. This study therefore aimed to the relationship of spouse image of body with sexual function and marital adjustment in infertile women in 2011 in Mashhad, Iran. Materials and Methods: This comparative correlation study was carried out on 130 infertile women referred to Montaserieh Infertility Research Center, Mashhad who was selected using convenient. Research tools were consisted of valid and reliable demographic questionnaires including personal and infertility-related information, modified Younesi Body Image Questionnaire, ROSEN Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and Spanier Marital Adjustment Scale (DAS). Data analysis was carried out by SPSS software using t-test, one way ANOVA, Spearman and Pearson correlation tests and linear regression. Results: The mean score of spouse image of body in infertile women was 52.7±10.5 and the mean score of sexual function and marital adjustment were 27.2±3.8 and 113.8±19.7 respectively. 54.6% of the women had low sexual function and 76.9% had high marital adjustment. A direct correlation was also found between spouse image of body with sexual function and marital adjustment in infertile women (p=0.000, r=0.4). Conclusion: The findings showed that in infertile women with improved spouse image of body will be better sexual function and marital adjustment; therefore we can use these results in implement training programs and consulting, special in infertile women who have sexual and marital disorders.


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