The role of body image and obsessive believes in prediction of sexual function among pregnant women

Document Type : Original Article


1 M.Sc. of Rehabilitation Counseling, School of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Allame Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran.

2 M.Sc. of Family Counseling, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Allame Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran


Introduction: Pregnancy is one of the very sensitive periods of women’s life. Sexual function is associated with some problems among them that its cause may be many wrong beliefs such as change in one's body image, decrease of attractive feel for husband,  and afraid of hurting to baby, and abortion. Regarding to different results reported in the studies about deepening or rupture in sexual relations during this period, therefore, this study was performed with aim to evaluate the role of body image and obsessive believes in prediction of sexual function among pregnant women.
Methods: This descriptive correlation study was performed on 50 pregnant women who had referred to the clinic of Sharekord Gynecologists for prenatal care follow-up. The study’s tools included body image flexibility questionnaire(BI-AAQ( which indicates the rate of tensity in one’s situation of body image flexibility, obsessive believes questionnaire(OBQ-44( which indicates a list of attitudes or beliefs that sometimes people do not express, and sexual function scale (MSFS) which evaluates the person's sexual performance in the area of sexual partnerships, sexual expression, sexual feelings, sexual desire, sexual fulfillment, sexual attitudes and awareness evaluates. Data analysis was performed by SPSS software (version 18) and Pearson Correlation and Multiple Regression analysis. PResults: There was negative and significant relationship between body image and sexual function and also between obsessive believes and sexual function (P<0.01).
Conclusion: According to significant relationship between body image and sexual function, the women can be trained to increase different aspects of health, believes, evaluation in order to enjoy more in physical, mental and social health and their social, family, marital and individual function be increased.


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