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Changes in Sexual Desire in Women and Their Partners during Pregnancy

Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Hospiten Group, Hospiten Estepona, 29680 Estepona, Málaga, Spain
Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Ceuta University Hospital, Midwifery Teaching Unit of Ceuta, Spain, University of Granada, 51003 Ceuta, Spain
Department of Surgery, Punta de Europa Hospital, 11207 Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain
Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Public Health, University of Huelva, 21007 Huelva, Spain
Safety and Health Post-graduate Programme, Espíritu Santo University, Samborondón 092301, Guayaquil, Ecuador
School of Health Sciences, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Territorial Delegation of Equality, Health and Social Policies, Health Delegation of Almeria, Government of Andalusia, 04003 Almeria, Spain
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J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9(2), 526;
Received: 12 December 2019 / Revised: 24 January 2020 / Accepted: 11 February 2020 / Published: 14 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Obstetrics & Gynecology)
When studying sexual desire during pregnancy, most research focuses on the pregnant woman’s sexual desire and almost never takes into account her sexual partner. The novelty of this study is that sexual desire during pregnancy is studied from the point of view of the pregnant woman and from that of her male partner. The goal of this study is to see how sexual desire behaves during pregnancy in both partners. For this, a descriptive, longitudinal, and multistage study was designed. Methodologically, in the first stage, the different study variables were described through a single-variate analysis. In the second stage, one variable was related to others by means of a bivariate analysis. Finally, in the third stage, a multivariate analysis was done, composed of binary logistic regression models and latent growth curves. The results confirm that pregnancy influences the sexual desire of both partners, and that sexual desire behaves differently in women than in men during pregnancy. Men have higher levels of sexual desire throughout pregnancy as compared to women. The first trimester of pregnancy is the period when women have less sexual desire. View Full-Text
Keywords: pregnancy; lifestyle; sexual behavior pregnancy; lifestyle; sexual behavior
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Fernández-Carrasco, F.J.; Rodríguez-Díaz, L.; González-Mey, U.; Vázquez-Lara, J.M.; Gómez-Salgado, J.; Parrón-Carreño, T. Changes in Sexual Desire in Women and Their Partners during Pregnancy. J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9, 526.

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