Prevalence of sexual dysfunction during pregnancy

Prevalence of sexual dysfunction during pregnancy

Alternative title Prevalência da disfunção sexual na gravidez
Author Leite, Alessandra Placido Lima Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Campos, Ana Aurelia Salles Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Dias, Antonio Roberto Cardoso Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Amed, Abes Mahmed Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Souza, Eduardo de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Camano, Luis Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract OBJECTIVE. This study aims to evaluate the sexual function and to determine the prevalence of sexual dysfunction among teenagers and adult women during pregnancy using the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI).METHODS. A cohort study was conducted with 271 healthy pregnant women presenting a stable relationship with their partners. These women contributed to the survey since the laboratory diagnosis of their present pregnancy. Anonymous questionnaires evaluated aspects of sexual activity and female sexual function. This last item was assessed through the FSFI questionnaire.RESULTS. The women sexual function showed a similar pattern during the first and second trimesters; however, it presented a significantly clear decrease in the third trimester. There was a significant difference in the scores of all FSFI domains when comparing the second and third trimesters. The sexual dysfunction among pregnant teenagers was rated 40.8% in the first trimester, 31.2% in the second and 63.2% in the third. For pregnant adults, the dysfunction was rated, respectively, 46.6%, 34.2% and 73.3%.CONCLUSION. The sexual function is affected during pregnancy with a significant decrease in all FSFI domains in the third trimester considering both pregnant teenagers and adults. Prevalence of sexual dysfunction is high during pregnancy and reaches higher levels in the third trimester in both age groups; however, teenagers presented better sexual function ratings.
Keywords Sexual dysfunction
Language English
Date 2009-09-01
Published in Revista Da Associacao Medica Brasileira. Sao Paulo: Assoc Medica Brasileira, v. 55, n. 5, p. 563-568, 2009.
ISSN 0104-4230 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Assoc Medica Brasileira
Extent 563-568
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000271614500019
SciELO ID S0104-42302009000500020 (statistics in SciELO)

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