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Sexuality among pregnant women in South West Nigeria.
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PMID:  12521698     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The sexual activity of 500 pregnant women in Ilesa, Nigeria was investigated in a prospective study carried out at the antenatal clinic of the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa between December 1999 and September 2000. While the sexual desire in pregnancy of most of the women (60%) remains the same as in the non-pregnant state, coital frequency was reduced in majority of them (64%). The reasons given by the respondents for reduced sexual activity include nausea and vomiting of early pregnancy (30%), fear of miscarriage (12%), fear of harming the fetus (12%), physical awkwardness (20%), lack of interest (10%), discomfort (6%), fear of membrane rupture (8%), fear of infection (8%) and fatigue (10%). Coital frequency, however, remained the same in 32% and increased in 4% of the women. The reasons for this include: "it helps to keep the husband around" (3%), maintain marital harmony (20%), satisfying (16%) and will facilitate labour in late pregnancy (6%). The findings from this study suggest a mixed-feeling effect with a tilt towards a positive attitude to sexuality in pregnancy. The health professional should favour the complete enjoyment of sexual activity during pregnancy.
E O Orji; I O Ogunlola; O B Fasubaa
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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:  22     ISSN:  0144-3615     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2002 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-01-10     Completed Date:  2003-04-03     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309140     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  166-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Teaching Hospitals Complex, PMB 5538, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Coitus / psychology*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Interviews as Topic
Prospective Studies
Sexuality / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data

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