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Sexual Functioning in Pregnant Women

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Department of Pregnancy Pathology, School of Health Sciences in Katowice, Medical University of Silesia, 40-752 Katowice, Poland
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Department of Woman’s Health, School of Health Sciences in Katowice, Medical University of Silesia, 40-752 Katowice, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(21), 4216; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214216
Received: 27 September 2019 / Revised: 26 October 2019 / Accepted: 28 October 2019 / Published: 30 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Women's Reproductive and Maternal Health)
Sexual activity during pregnancy is determined by emotional, psychosocial, hormonal, and anatomical factors and varies during trimesters. This work aimed to establish women’s sexual activity during each trimester of pregnancy. A total of 624 women were included in the study and filled in the questionnaire three times, once during each trimester of pregnancy. The first part of the survey included questions about socio-demographic characteristics, obstetric history, and medical details of a given pregnancy. The second part was the Polish version of the female sexual function index (FSFI) questionnaire. Comparison of the mean scores for the overall sexual function of each trimester revealed clinically relevant sexual dysfunction in the second and third trimesters (mean values 25.9 ± 8.7 and 22.7 ± 8.7, respectively; p < 0.01). Women were most sexually active during their second trimester. In the first trimester of pregnancy, women were most likely to choose intercourse in the missionary position. Women with vocational education were characterized by the lowest and homogenous FSFI values. Total FSFI score depended on the martial status—the highest value pertained to married women (25.2 ± 6.9; p = 0.02). View Full-Text
Keywords: sexuality; pregnancy; intercourse; desire; sexual activity in pregnancy; pain sexuality; pregnancy; intercourse; desire; sexual activity in pregnancy; pain
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Fuchs, A.; Czech, I.; Sikora, J.; Fuchs, P.; Lorek, M.; Skrzypulec-Plinta, V.; Drosdzol-Cop, A. Sexual Functioning in Pregnant Women. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4216. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214216

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Fuchs A, Czech I, Sikora J, Fuchs P, Lorek M, Skrzypulec-Plinta V, Drosdzol-Cop A. Sexual Functioning in Pregnant Women. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(21):4216. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214216

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Fuchs, Anna; Czech, Iwona; Sikora, Jerzy; Fuchs, Piotr; Lorek, Miłosz; Skrzypulec-Plinta, Violetta; Drosdzol-Cop, Agnieszka. 2019. "Sexual Functioning in Pregnant Women" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 21: 4216. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214216

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