Evaluation of sexual behaviors in pregnant women and some related factors, Babol, Iran 2004


Hajar Pasha 1 , * , Mahmoud Hadj Ahmadi 2

1 Instructor Department of Midwifery, Bobol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor Department of Statistic, Bobol University of Medical Sciences, Bobol, Iran.

How to Cite: Pasha H, Hadj Ahmadi M. Evaluation of sexual behaviors in pregnant women and some related factors, Babol, Iran 2004, Hormozgan Med J. 2007 ; 10(4):e90160.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 10 (4); e90160
Published Online: August 13, 2006
Article Type: Research Article
Received: October 08, 2005
Accepted: August 13, 2006


Introduction: Pregnancy is a normal event in the life of women that includes deep
physical, psychological and behavioral changes. The impact of pregnancy on sexual
behavior in women is different. Some women feel more sexual motivation but some
encounter less or even no libido that unfortunately results in stress in the marital
relationship. This study was done to evaluate sexual behavior and some related
factors in pregnant women who referred to healthcare centers in Babol.
Methods: This is a descriptive—analytic study that was performed on 140 pregnant
women who referred to healthcare centers of Babol (2004). Tool for gathering data was
questionnaire. Analysis of data was done with SPSS software using Chi square test.
Results: Majority of pregnant women reported a diminished libido (59.6%) and a
declined frequency of sexual intercourse (72.1%) during pregnancy. 37.7% had
dyspareunia. Most pregnant women (66.4%) were against the continuation of sexual
intercourse during pregnancy alike nonpregnancy period. 14% of pregnant women
believed that more frequent coitus during pregnancy could actually help widening the
birth canal and facilitate labor. There was a significant statistical difference (P<0.05)
between variables such as: libido during pregnancy, women’s job, coitus frequency,
amount of coitus, dyspareunia, amount of coitus during pregnancy with economical
status, gravidity, parity and women’s education.
Conclusion: Considering the importance of sexual health during pregnancy,
consultation services and attendance of experts in sexual behaviors during
pregnancy in healthcare centers is mandatory.



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