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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 105-109

Effect of core stability training on postpartum mother's sexual desire

1 Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Physiology of Sport, General Course Department, School Management and Medical Informatic, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Parvin Bahadoran
Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Hezarjereeb Avenue, Isfahan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1735-9066.368498

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Background: Women may experience different problems in every aspect of their sexual life throughout their lives; therefore, it is essential to check women's sexual health and try to improve it. The present research aims to assess core stability trainings on postpartum mothers' sexual desire. Materials and Methods: This quasi-experimental research was conducted by random sampling on 72 mothers who referred to comprehensive health centers in Isfahan in 2019 in postpartum period. The samples were divided into experimental and control groups by random placement method (blocking). Core stability exercises were performed in the experimental group for 24 sessions. The demographic questionnaire and Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) were filled out in two stages (before and one month after the intervention) by the samples, and the data were analyzed by Mann-Whitney, independent t-test, paired t-test, Chi-square. Results: The result of this study showed that the average score of the sexual desire after intervention in the experimental group was significantly higher than that in the control group (p = 0.03). The average score of the sexual desire after the intervention in the experimental group was significantly higher than that before the intervention (p < 0.001). The average scores of the sexual desire before and after the intervention in the control group were not significantly different (p = 0.40). Conclusions: Eight weeks of core stabilization exercises can improve endurance of the pelvic floor muscles and the central part of the body, subsequently promoting females' sexual desire. The findings of this study can be considered in the fields of education, health, clinical, and policy.

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