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
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

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2023, Pages 215-223


  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

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2023, Pages 224-233


  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

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2023, Pages 234-242


  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

Research Article
Lived Experiences of Recovered Pregnant Women from COVID-19: A Descriptive Phenomenology

Khadije Rezaie-Kheikhaie; Marie Hastings-Tolsma; Mohammadreza Firouzkouhi; Abdolghani Abdollahimohammad; Fatemeh Mirzaie; Sanaz Nehbandani

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2023, Pages 243-254


  Background: Pregnant women represent a vulnerable demographic to COVID-19. In addition to the physical health risks posed to both the mother and fetus, COVID-19 engenders intricate and unique post-recovery experiences among pregnant women. This study explored the lived experiences of pregnant women who ...  Read More

Research Article
A Comparative Analysis of the Efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) on Worry and Quality of Life in Women Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Parvin Mostafazadeh; Nemat Sotoudehasl; Raheb Ghorbani

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2023, Pages 255-265


  Background: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by an excessive preoccupation with daily life occurrences and situations. This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in reducing worry and improving the quality ...  Read More

Research Article
Effect of Interval Training and Melatonin Consumption on New Obesity Indices and Atherogenic Index in Overweight and Obese Women

Hadis Feyzi; Mahnaz Omidi; Abdolhossein Taheri Kalani

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2023, Pages 266-274


  Background: Obesity and being overweight elevate triglycerides, blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and LDL levels while decreasing HDL levels. This study aimed to examine the impact of eight weeks of interval training combined with melatonin consumption on novel obesity indicators and the atherogenic ...  Read More

Research Article
Association between Maternal Cognitive Fusion and Depression and Children’s Sadness Management in Students with Specific Learning Disorders through an Artificial Neural Network

Leila Eskandari; Farzaneh Hooman; Parviz Asgari; Marjan Alizadeh

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2023, Pages 275-282


  Background: Children’s behavioral issues may arise from maternal depression, which can also hinder a child’s mental development compared to their peers. This study aimed to assess the correlation between maternal cognitive fusion, maternal depression, and children’s management of sadness ...  Read More

Case Report
Uterine Didelphys in a G4P3+0: A Disturbing Phenomenon at Caesarean Section

Abdibasid Shariff Ali; Yakub Mohamud; Yakub I. Kune; Byonanuwe Simon

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2023, Pages 283-286


  Introduction: Uterine didelphys is an exceptionally rare Müllerian duct anomaly that, when incidentally discovered, can be profoundly disconcerting for attending clinicians, patients, and their families. In this case report, we described an instance of undiagnosed uterine didelphys in a pregnant ...  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

Comparison of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Reducing Anxiety Symptoms

Fatemeh Abbasi; Kajal Shariati; Fakhri Tajikzadeh

Volume 5, Issue 4 , October 2018, , Pages 1-5


  Background: Social anxiety is a clinical pattern of self-protection social behaviors that coincides with severe anxiety regarding negative reactions such as critique, being ridiculed, miss-communication, or miss-behaviors against others. Objectives: This research investigated the effect of cognitive ...  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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