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Changes in sexual practices and responses among ante-natal clinic attendees in a Nigerian teaching hospital.
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PMID:  16368588     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A cross-sectional study was carried out among 134 antenatal clinic attendees in a Nigerian tertiary hospital to assess pregnancy-related sexual beliefs and changes in sexual frequency and response. Information was collected through a semi-structured questionnaire, and analysed by SPSS. Only 15% of women believed that religious, social or cultural reasons prevented sexual intercourse in pregnancy. Frequency of sexual intercourse decreased in pregnancy in 37.4% of the respondents, remained unaltered in 46.1% and increased in 16.5%. Age, marriage duration and gestational age were not associated with change in the pattern of coital frequency in pregnancy, but education was significantly associated. Sexual responsiveness diminished in approximately half of our respondents in terms of arousal (54.5%), orgasm (48.5%), pleasure (43.7%) and satisfaction (51.4%). The changes were not associated with pregnancy duration. We concluded that sex in pregnancy is well accepted in our environment, and health workers should promote sexual health and well-being in pregnancy.
A B Adeyemi; A O Fatusi; O N Makinde; I Omojuwa; S Asa; U Onwudiegwu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0144-3615     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2005 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-21     Completed Date:  2006-03-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309140     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  796-802     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Hospitals, Teaching
Middle Aged
Outpatient Clinics, Hospital
Pregnancy / psychology*
Prenatal Care
Sexual Behavior / psychology*

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