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The changes of sexuality in Thai women during pregnancy.
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PMID:  17725148     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine the changes of sexuality during pregnancy in Thai women and to explore their attitudes and sources of information concerning sexuality during pregnancy. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Three hundred and sixty pregnant women who met the study criteria were recruited. Women at each trimester (n = 120) were interviewed with a structured questionnaire whether their sex desire, coital frequency and orgasmic rate decreased, increased or remained unchanged as compared with the prepregnancy period. The change in their favorite sexual position, concerns about sexual intercourse during pregnancy, and their sources of information regarding sexuality were also determined. RESULTS: The pregnant women at each trimester reported a gradual and significant decrease in sexual desire (p < 0.05) and coital frequency (p < 0.05). The change in orgasmic rate was not statistically significant (p = 0.06). Generally the preferred sexual position was "man on top" however, this gradually and significantly changed to "rear position " in each trimester of pregnancy (p < 0.05). Fifty nine percent of the women thought they could have sexual intercourse; however 79.7% of them were concerned about sexual intercourse during pregnancy. The main concern was the potential harm to the fetus. Sixty two percent of pregnant women received information about sexuality during pregnancy from their health physicians. CONCLUSION: Sexuality decreased significantly throughout pregnancy in Thai women. The majority of pregnant women are concerned about the adverse effects of sexual intercourse on pregnancy outcomes. Therefore, sexuality during pregnancy should be clearly counseled to all couples to reassure that sexual intercourse in normal pregnancy is safe.
Natthaporn Senkumwong; Somsak Chaovisitsaree; Sungwal Rugpao; Waraporn Chandrawongse; Sukanya Yanunto
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet     Volume:  89 Suppl 4     ISSN:  0125-2208     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Assoc Thai     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-29     Completed Date:  2007-10-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7507216     Medline TA:  J Med Assoc Thai     Country:  Thailand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S124-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand.
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MeSH Terms
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Surveys
Maternal Welfare*
Pregnancy Complications*
Pregnancy Outcome
Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / etiology,  psychology*
Sexuality / statistics & numerical data*

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