Kegel's Exercise to Improve Sexual Self-Efficacy in Primiparous Women

Enferm Clin. 2019 Sep;29 Suppl 2:535-540. doi: 10.1016/j.enfcli.2019.04.082. Epub 2019 Jul 13.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Objective: Sexuality is one of the crucial aspects of an individual's quality of life. Women, especially primiparous women could have concerns about sexuality which interrupt their sexual self-efficacy in the postpartum period. This study aimed to identify the effect of Kegel's exercise on sexual self-efficacy in primiparous women.

Method: This quasi-experimental study with one group time series design involved 32 primiparous women as respondent. Sexual self-efficacy was measured in three times: before intervention, the first three weeks after intervention, and the second three weeks after intervention.

Results: Kegel's exercise for six weeks was associated with significant improvement of the sexual self-efficacy of primiparous women (p=0.001; CI 95% 10.53-14.18).

Conclusion: Kegel's exercise increases pelvic floor muscle strength which is linked with the improvement of sexual self-efficacy of primiparous women. The women may encourage to perform Kegel's exercise to address sexual concerns in the postpartum period.

Keywords: Kegel's exercise; Primiparous women; Sexual self-efficacy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Episiotomy
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Muscle Contraction / physiology*
  • Parity*
  • Pelvic Floor / injuries
  • Pelvic Floor / physiology*
  • Postpartum Period
  • Pregnancy
  • Rupture
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Sexual Health*
  • Young Adult