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J Sex Marital Ther. 2017 Oct 3;43(7):618-632. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2016.1212443. Epub 2016 Jul 15.

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

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a School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, University of Nebraska at Omaha , Omaha , Nebraska , USA.
b Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University , Bloomington , Indiana , USA.
c School of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston , Houston , Texas , USA.


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.

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