Women’s Health Bulletin (WHB) is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal, published by Health Policy Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. The journal considers articles on all aspects of the health and wellbeing of adolescent girls and women, with a particular focus on the physical, mental, and emotional health of women. The journal welcomes submissions on women's public health issues, health behaviors, breast cancer, gynecological diseases, mental health and health promotion. WHB publishes Review Articles, Research articles, Short Communications, Editorials, Commentaries, and Letters to the Editor.

Moreover, all submissions to the WHB undergo a fair, supportive and double anonymized peer review process. We follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, issued by International Committee for Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), as well as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) code of conduct for editors.


To facilitate a speedy turn-around when a rapid decision is required, Women's Health Bulletin offers a review model in which selected peer reviewers may be paid to deliver high-quality and speedy peer-review reports. This is optional - if you do not wish to pay for a fast-track peer review process, just submit your paper normally as described before in the instruction for authors. If you opt for fast track review, you are guaranteed: a rapid editorial decision and peer-review comments within 10 working days after submission and payment of the fee.

Review will no guarantee a manuscript to be accepted but it makes the judging process faster than the routine review process.

Fast Track Fee: 2,000,000 Rials

For more information regarding fast track fee, please refer to this link.

Research Article
Correlation between Quality of Life and Social Support in Mothers of Disabled Children: Mediation by Parenting Stress

Salar Doosti; Farzaneh Hooman; Saeed Bakhtiarpour; Sasan Bavi

Volume 10, Issue 3 , July 2023, Pages 147-154


  Background: Raising disabled children can lead to significant strain and psychological distress within families, particularly for mothers as primary caregivers. This study aimed to explore the mediating role of parenting stress in the relationship between quality of life and social support in mothers ...  Read More

Research Article
Comparing the Effectiveness of Emotion Regulation and Logotherapy on Psychological Distress in Incompatible Couples

Seyedeh Malahat Athari; Mostafa Jannat Feridooni; Hadi Hashemi Razini

Volume 10, Issue 3 , July 2023, Pages 155-164


  Background: One reason for family breakups is failing to treat the problems of incompatible couples. The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of emotion regulation (ER) and logotherapy (LT) on the psychological distress of incompatible couples.Methods: This study used an experimental design ...  Read More

Research Article
Correlations Between Social Support and Physical Activity with Depression and Happiness in Elderly Women with Memory Impairment

Tayebeh Baniasadi; Sheida Ranjbari; Sedigheh Khajeaflatoon Mofrad; Saeed Ghorbani

Volume 10, Issue 3 , July 2023, Pages 165-172


  Background: Mental health is a common concern in old age. Given the increase of aging population, it is crucial to pay attention to factors influencing elderly people’s mental health. This research investigated the correlations between social support and physical activity (PA) with depression and ...  Read More

Research Article
Hysterosalpingography Findings in Infertile Women and Their Relationship with Demographic Variables: A Retrospective Study

Bahar Morshed Behbahani; Leila Doryanizadeh; Mohammad Ebrahim Parsanezhad; Mohammad Hossein Dabbaghmanesh; Azam Jokar; Seyede Zahra Ghaemi; Marjan Zare; Parvin Ghaemmaghami

Volume 10, Issue 3 , July 2023, Pages 173-181


  Background: Hysterosalpingography is a vital diagnostic method for identifying anatomical causes of infertility, often used as a cost-effective screening test. This study aimed to investigate hysterosalpingography results in infertile women.Methods: A quantitative, descriptive, and analytic cross-sectional ...  Read More

Research Article
Effectiveness of Emotion-Focused Therapy on Marital Disaffection and Psychological Distress in Women Traumatized by Their Husbands’ Betrayal

Sakineh Ameri; Fatemeh Sadat Marashian

Volume 10, Issue 3 , July 2023, Pages 182-190


  Background: Marital dissatisfaction in women can lead to persistent adverse effects and psychological disorders. This study aimed to investigate the effects of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples on psychological distress and marital disaffection in women traumatized by their husbands’ extramarital ...  Read More

Research Article
Correlation between Reactive Aggression in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children and Maternal Self-Handicapping: The Mediating Role of Maternal Chronic Fatigue

Elham Raeisi; Sahar Safarzadeh; Saeed Bakhtiarpour; Alireza Heidari

Volume 10, Issue 3 , July 2023, Pages 191-199


  Background: Stress and mental pressure in challenging situations, particularly those involving deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH) children, can profoundly impact mothers. This research investigated the mediating role of maternal chronic fatigue (CF) in the relationship between reactive aggression in DHH children ...  Read More

Research Article
Effects of Compassion-Focused Therapy on Resilience and Distress Tolerance in Female Heads of Households

Sareh Mousavi; Shokoufeh Mousavi; Mahmoud Reza Shahsavari

Volume 10, Issue 3 , July 2023, Pages 200-209


  Background: Female heads of households often experience a diminished quality of life due to financial, social, and psychological challenges. This research aimed to investigate the impact of Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) on the distress tolerance and resilience of female heads of households.Methods: ...  Read More

Case Report
New-Onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus during Pregnancy: A Case Report

Golnaz Mahmoudvand; Hamze Ali Torang; Arian Karimi Rouzbahani

Volume 10, Issue 3 , July 2023, Pages 210-213


  Introduction: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease that involves multiple organs. Pregnant women previously diagnosed with SLE are at risk of experiencing gestational complications. However, cases of initial SLE manifestation during pregnancy are rare.Case Presentation: ...  Read More

Sexual Satisfaction Studies in Iran, A Systematic Review

Sara Noruzi; Masoomeh Maarefvand; Hamidreza Khankeh; Mostafa Eghlima

Volume 6, Issue 4 , October 2019, , Pages 1-7


  Objective: The purpose of this study was to review the sources and studies on couple’s sexual satisfaction and the related factors. Evidence Acquisition: A systematic review was used in this study. The literature was searched in the following Iranian electronic databases: Google scholar, Iran Medex, ...  Read More

Self-Esteem in Adolescent Girls: A Qualitative Study

Mohammad Ali Morowati Sharifabad; Fatemeh Baghernezhad Hesary; Mohammadreza Miri; Reza Dastjerdi; Golam Reza Sharifzadeh

Volume 7, Issue 2 , April 2020, , Pages 26-32


  Background: Adolescence is a critical period of life for all people. Self-esteem is also a basic human need that affects one’s growth, development, and identity. This study aimed to explain 12-14 year-old female adolescents’ experiences regarding selfesteem. Methods: In this qualitative content-analysis ...  Read More

Prevalence and Pattern of Infertility in Iran: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Study

Najmeh Maharlouei; Bahar Morshed Behbahani; Leila Doryanizadeh; Maryam Kazemi

Volume 8, Issue 2 , April 2021, , Pages 63-71


  Context: Infertility is a complex reproductive issue worldwide. Knowledge about the prevalence of any health problems like infertility is the first step towards policymaking in order to make effective decisions. Methods: An electronic systematic review was conducted in 2019 through search in PubMed, ...  Read More

The Effect of 12-Week Corrective Exercises on the Postural Angles of Beautician Females with Upper Crossed Syndrome: a Clinical Trial Study

Hashem Piri; Maryam Hajian; Seyyed Hossein Mirkarimpour; Rahman Sheikhhoseini; Mohammad Rahimi

Volume 8, Issue 2 , April 2021, , Pages 91-97


  Background: Upper crossed syndrome (UCS) is believed to be a prevalent deformity among female beauticians. This study designed to investigate the effect of 12 weeks of corrective exercises on the postural angles, namely, forward shoulder, forward head, and kyphosis of female beauticians with UCS. Methods: ...  Read More

Effectiveness of Positive Thinking Training on Self-Assertiveness of Teenage Girls

Farideh Hamidi; Mahtab Otaghi; Fatima M.Paz

Volume 7, Issue 1 , January 2020, , Pages 11-17


  Background: Self-assertiveness is the ability to stand up for one’s rights and express one’s thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in an appropriate and direct manner. Adolescence is an important time to establish the social position of individuals. This study aimed to investigate the effect of ...  Read More

Research Article
Relationship Between Health-Promoting Behaviors and Health Locus of Control in Women with Breast Cancer: The Mediating Role of Cancer Self-Efficacy

Ameneh Etemadi Asl; Sasan Bavi; Reza Johari Fard

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 01 October 2023


  Background: Women diagnosed with breast cancer may be more inclined to take preventive measures if they believe they have control over their health. This study explored the mediating influence of cancer self-efficacy in the association between health locus of control (HLC) and health-promoting behaviors ...  Read More

Research Article
An Investigation into Components of Female Attractiveness in Couple Relationships from the Perspective of Expert Family Therapists: A Qualitative Study

Afsaneh Hosseini Geravandi; Parviz Asgari; Zahra Yousefi

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 01 October 2023


  Background: The escalating number of visits to family therapy centers and the increasing divorce rates indicate a profound crisis in relationship status, resulting in family discord and divorce. This study endeavored to scrutinize the elements of female attractiveness in couple relationships as perceived ...  Read More

Research Article
Effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) on Health- Related Locus of Control and Cognitive Regulation of Emotion in Women with Breast Cancer

Mehrnaz Goodarzian; Kourosh Mohammadi; Azita Amirfakhraei

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 01 October 2023


  Background: Patients with breast cancer (BC) experience psychological challenges necessitating therapeutic interventions. This study evaluated the efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in influencing health-related locus of control and emotional regulation in women diagnosed with BC.Methods: ...  Read More

Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

Kamran Bagheri Lankarani, MD

Najmeh Maharlouei,MD

Managing Editor:
Neda Defaee Rad, MSc,MA

Frequency: Quarterly

Print ISSN: 2345-5136

Online ISSN: 2382-9990

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