Menoufia Medical Journal

: 2021  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47--51

Sexual behavior after childbirth

Mohamed A Gaber1, Hebatalla A Younes2 
1 Department of Dermatology, Andrology and STDs, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Shebeen El-Kom, Egypt
2 Department of Dermatology, Birkit Elsabae Hospital, Menoufia, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Hebatalla A Younes
Department of Dermatology, Birkit Elsabae Hospital, Menoufia

Objective To study the prevalence of female sexual dysfunction after childbirth. Background Women's sexual activity changes at various stages of life and is affected by numerous factors; one of them includes childbirth and maternity. After childbirth, numerous physical, psychological, and sociocultural factors may affect the sexual activity of women and the quality of their lives. Patients and methods This cross-sectional study included 200 Egyptian postpartum women in the period from August 2018 till April 2019. The study was performed on postpartum women who attended the gynecology clinic, Shebin El Kom Teaching Hospital. Results The finding of the study indicated that all domains of Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) were affected after labor, and the most affected was the sexual desire. The mean score before labor was 4.94 ± 0.84 and after labor was 3.40 ± 1.30, and the least prevalent was the dyspareunia; the mean score before labor was 4.16 ± 0.97 and after labor it was 4.89 ± 1.54. Conclusion Physical and emotional health problems are common after childbirth. In this article, we found that there were significantly lowered mean score values of all domains of FSFI, except pain (increased) and overall scale score decreased after labor. Decreased sexual desire is the most prevalent disorder of the sexual relationship in postpartum and the least prevalent was the dyspareunia.

How to cite this article:
Gaber MA, Younes HA. Sexual behavior after childbirth.Menoufia Med J 2021;34:47-51

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Gaber MA, Younes HA. Sexual behavior after childbirth. Menoufia Med J [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Jun 24 ];34:47-51
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