The Effect of Sexual Health Education on Couples’ Sexual Satisfaction

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. Student of Reproductive Health, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women’s Health Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

3 M.Sc. of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran.


Introduction: Sexual dissatisfaction is the main cause of nearly 80% of marital conflicts. Many Iranian couples suffer from sexual dissatisfaction. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of sexual health education on couples' sexual satisfaction.
Methods: This randomized clinical trial was conducted on 34 couples that eligible for the study in 2011. Couples were randomly divided into two experimental and control groups. Pretest was completed by all couples at the beginning of the study. One week after, 4 session of sexual health education (each session 120 minutes) was held separately for men and women for experimental group and the control group did not receive any intervention. Post-test was done for both groups 3 month after educating. Data were collected by demographic characteristics and sexual satisfaction questionnaire and analyzed with SPSS software version 16 and descriptive statistics tests, chi-square, t-test and paired t-test. P value less than 0.05 was considered significant.
Results: There were no significant statistical differences between two groups in term of demographic characteristics and couples’ sexual satisfaction at the beginning of the study, but a significant difference was seen in term of couples’ sexual satisfaction 3 months after educating (p=0.01). Evaluating men’s sexual satisfaction in experimental and control groups had shown a significant difference (p=0.02), also for men in experimental group before and after the study (p=0.01).
Conclusion: Sexual health education affects on the quality of sexual relationship and increase couples’ sexual satisfaction. Considering the unpleasant effect of sexual dissatisfaction on couples’ life, sexual health education is recommended as one of the most important guidelines to help couples to improve sexual satisfaction.