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The Effect of Assertiveness-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy on Women’s Orgasm: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Mina Chizary1, Nafiseh Seyyedzadeh Aghdam1, Mehdi Ranjbaran2, Behnam Ohadi3
1Department of Midwifery, School of Medicine, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran
2Metabolic Diseases Research Center, Research Institute for Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
3Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

DOI: 10.15296/ijwhr.2021.xx
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Keywords : Cognitive therapy, Orgasm, Assertiveness
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Abstract
Objectives: Sexual dysfunction is a major health problem and orgasmic dysfunction is one of the common sexual complaints reported by women. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of sexual assertiveness-focused cognitive-behavioral group therapy (CBGT) on women’s orgasm.

Methods: This randomized controlled clinical trial included 24 women with secondary anorgasmia referring to health centers in Tehran, Iran. After randomly assigning the participants to one of two groups of intervention (n=12) and control (n=12), an eight-session CBGT with the emphasis on sexual assertiveness training was administered to the intervention group. The primary outcomes were sexual assertiveness and the orgasm score of the participant. Sexual desire, sexual arousal, lubrication, sexual satisfaction, and pain were considered as secondary outcomes. Finally, the female sexual function index (FSFI) and the Hurlbert index of sexual assertiveness questionnaires were used for data gathering.

Results: After CBGT implementation, there was a significant difference between the intervention (5.33±0.62) and control (2.47±0.76) groups in the mean score of orgasm (P < 0.001). In addition, the mean score of sexual assertiveness (P < 0.001) and all other domains of FSFI (P < 0.001) significantly increased after CBGT.

Conclusions: Sexual assertiveness-focused CBGT was effective in the treatment of secondary anorgasmia and increased their sexual function. To prevent marital conflicts, establishing counseling clinics in health centers can be established by authorities in order to correct ineffective sexual beliefs and self-assertiveness in the country.

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