Sexual Function, Mental Well-being and Quality of Life among Kurdish Circumcised Women in Iran

  • Farzaneh DANESHKHAH Dept. of Health Education & Promotion, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
  • Hamid ALLAHVERDIPOUR Dept. of Health Education & Promotion, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran Clinical Psychiatry Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
  • Leila JAHANGIRI Dept. of Health Education & Promotion, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
  • Tatiana ANDREEVA School of Public Health, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kiev, Ukraine
Keywords: Female circumcision, Circumcision, Sexual function, Women’s health


Background: Female genital mutilation is an intentional inhumane procedure that threatens girls and women's health. It is especially widespread in developing countries due to cultural, traditional and religious preferences. The aim of the current study was to investigate how circumcision affects women's sexual function.Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in the urban and rural area of Piranshahr County, Iran, in 2015 among convenience samples of 200 women, 15-49 yr old, who were applying to health care centers for receiving routine health care services. Data collection was conducted with the use of a self-administered written questionnaire to assess female sexual function, mental well-being, and quality of life.Results: Significant differences were found between circumcised and non-circumcised women in total score of female sexual function index (FSFI) in domains of desire, arousal, vaginal moisture, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain [(P<0.001), MD(95%CI)=5.64(3.64 to 7.64)] and based on Hotelling's T-square, significant differences were found in dimensions of quality of life and FSFI.Conclusion: The revealed sexual dysfunction among mutilated women gives ground to require that public health systems take actions aimed at implementing special sexual education program to improve sexual functions of mutilated women and changing beliefs and social norms in the community level. 


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How to Cite
DANESHKHAH F, ALLAHVERDIPOUR H, JAHANGIRI L, ANDREEVA T. Sexual Function, Mental Well-being and Quality of Life among Kurdish Circumcised Women in Iran. Iran J Public Health. 46(9):1265-1274.
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