The effect of behavioral-cognitive hypnotherapy on improving anxiety and sexual performance ofvaginismuspatients

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Psychology, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Islamic Azad University Isfahan(Khorasgan) Branch, Isfahan, Iran

2 Department of Psychology, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Isfahan University, Isfahan, Iran


Introduction:The aim of the present research was to study the effects of behavioral-cognitive hypnotherapy on anxiety and sexual performance of Vaginismus patients.
Method: Research methodology was according to quasi-experimental with pretest- posttest design. Statistical population included all vaginismus patients within age range of 20-35 yearold in Isfahan, Iran. Research samples were 26 couples selected by available sampling method and assigned into experimental and control groups. While control group was in waiting list, experimental group received behavioral-cognitive hypnotherapy during 2 months interval. All groups were assessed in three steps of pre-test, post-test and follow up by Female Sexual Function Scale(FSFS) and Sexual Anxiety Scale(SAS). Data were analyzed by multivariate analysis of covariance.
Results:The results were shownsignificant difference between the scores of three research stages for all the research variables. Further, the mean scores of all research variables were obtained in two experimental and control groups. Significantlypretest, posttest and follow-up interaction in group membership were also found for all variables.
Conclusion:Cognitive-behavioral hypnotherapy could improve the sexual anxiety and the sexual function inVaginismus Patients.


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