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[Female sexuality during pregnancy and postpartum: a study of 80 Tunisian women].
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PMID:  23247787     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: To investigate the impact of pregnancy and the post partum period on the female sexuality and the coupledom, and to evaluate the quality of information and dialogue about this subject.
METHODS: A prospective descriptive and analytical study included patients from the department of obstetrics and gynecology in the university hospital Hédi Chaker during July and August 2010. We choose randomly 80 Tunisian women, whatever the reasons for consultation. Data were obtained via questionnaires containing 45 questions about sexual behavior during the last pregnancy and the postpartum period, the influence on coupledom, and the quality of information and dialogue about this subject. Statistical analysis was conducted using SPSS for Windows version 17. Statistical significance was defined as a p value 5% using the X2 test.
RESULTS: The average age was 31.64 (± 6) years. Before pregnancy,sexuality was qualified as "satisfactory" by nearly the half of the sample (48, 5%) against 78.8% by their partners. 18% of women thought it was not possible to have intercourse during pregnancy. This idea doesn't correlate with the education (p=0.151) neither the geographic origin (p=0.064). 54.5% of women mentioned a decrease on their sexual interest and activity during pregnancy. The three main causes of this decline were: the physical symptoms (83%), the fear to harm the fetus (66.7%) and the women hypoactive sexual desire (33.4%). After delivery, sexual interest and activity tends to be reduced in 64% of women. The resumption of normal sexual activity was about 4 months around the delivery (with variations between 1 month and 2 years). Sexuality was considered as taboo by 81, 8% of women. The information on sexuality by health professionals was deemed insufficient by 78.8% of women.
CONCLUSION: Sexuality remains a taboo for the most of woman. Their belief in the impossibility of intercourse during pregnancy doesn't correlate with education neither with origin. The period of pregnancy and the postpartum changes the sexual behavior, interferes with the quality of life and disturbs the coupledom. However information and the support of women in this period are still insufficient.
Lobna Aribi; Asma Ben Houidi; Rim Masmoudi; Karim Chaabane; Mohamed Guermazi; Othman Amami
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Publication Detail:
Type:  English Abstract; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  La Tunisie médicale     Volume:  90     ISSN:  0041-4131     ISO Abbreviation:  Tunis Med     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-18     Completed Date:  2013-03-12     Revised Date:  2013-09-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0413766     Medline TA:  Tunis Med     Country:  Tunisia    
Other Details:
Languages:  fre     Pagination:  873-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Service de Psychiatrie B, CHU Hédi Chaker, Université de Sfax, Tunisie.
Vernacular Title:
Sexualité féminine au cours de la grossesse et en post-partum: a propos de 80 femmes Tunisiennes.
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MeSH Terms
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Middle Aged
Postpartum Period*
Prospective Studies
Sexual Behavior
Young Adult

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