Sexual Counseling in Women With Primary Infertility and Sexual Dysfunction: Use of the BETTER Model

Karakas S., Aslan E.

JOURNAL OF SEX & MARITAL THERAPY, cilt.45, ss.21-30, 2019 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 45
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/0092623x.2018.1474407
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.21-30


The aim of the study was to determine the effect of sexual counseling based on the BETTER model of female sexual health in infertile women with sexual dysfunction. This is an experimental, prospective study carried out in an infertility clinic. The study included 70 women with primary infertility, of whom 35 were in the experimental group and 35 were in the control group. The Female Sexual Function Scale and the Golombok-Rust Sexual Satisfaction Scale were administered at the initial assessment and the final assessment. Two sessions of sexual counseling were given to the experimental group based on the BETTER model. A routine follow-up of the control group was performed. After the counseling, there was a statistically significant improvement in the mean scores for Female Sexual Function Scale and the total scores for the Golombok-Rust Sexual Satisfaction Scale and its subscales in the experimental group compared to the control group. The women who had been infertile for six years and more had less improvement in sexual dysfunction and sexual dissatisfaction. The sexual counseling given in accordance with the BETTER model was found to be effective in improvement of sexual function and sexual satisfaction in the women with one to two years of infertility.