The Relationship Between Body Image, Female Genital Self-Image, and Sexual Function Among First-Time Mothers

Sofia Jawed-Wessel, Debby Herbenick, Vanessa Schick

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Abstract

The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to examine the extent to which perceived changes in weight, body satisfaction, body-image self-consciousness, and genital self-image could be used to predict sexual function scores. A total of 168 primiparous women completed the cross-sectional, web-based survey. Significant correlations were found between body satisfaction, body-image self-consciousness, and female genital self-image and sexual function. Multivariate regression analysis suggests body image and genital self-image combined account for 14.1% of the variance in overall sexual function. Women should have opportunities to discuss body changes throughout pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)618-632
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Volume43
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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