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Volume 25

October - December 2009 (Part-II)

Number  6


 

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What happens to sexuality of women during
lactation period? A study from Iran

Masoumeh Heidari1, Effat Merghati Khoei2, Azita Kiani Asiabar3

ABSTRACT

Objective: To compare the association of sexual activity and breastfeeding women within 2-6 months after child birth.

Methodology: This study was carried out in 2007. The sexual activity of 258 breastfeeding women was compared with 198 bottle-feeding women referred to a public maternity health care center in Tehran. Women in the age of 20-35 years were enrolled in the study after their first or second child and 2-6 months after birth. A self-structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Women were interviewed face-to-face by the first author.

Results: Of 456 respondents, 258 were currently breastfeeding and 198 were bottle feeding. Mean age of the mothers was 274.7 years. About 28.3% of breastfeeding women and 22.9% of non breastfeeding women had sexual intercourse within one month of postpartum period. No significant difference was found between breastfeeding and bottle-feeding women on sexual desire and satisfaction before pregnancy and in postpartum period (p: 0.1, p: 0.5).The orgasm experience did not have a significant difference between the two groups during postpartum (p: 0.4).

Conclusion: We did not find significant difference in sexual activity between breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding women. Sexual history taking and counseling in antenatal class as well as postpartum period are suggested for the clients.

KEY WORDS: Sex, Breastfeeding, Satisfaction.

Pak J Med Sci    October - December 2009 (Part-II)    Vol. 25 No. 6    938-943

How to cite this article:

Heidari M, Khoei EM, Kiani A. What happens to sexuality of women during lactation period? A study from Iran. Pak J Med Sci 2009;25(6): 938-943.


1. Masoumeh Heidari, MSc
Academic member of nursing & midwifery,
Dept. of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahed University,
2. Effat Merghati Khoei, PhD
Assistant Professor, (PhD, MCH, MSc),
Sexual Health Promotion.
Iran University of Medical Sciences,
3. Azita Kiani Asiabar, MSc
1-3. Dept. of Nursing and Midwifery,
Shahed University, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence:

M. Heidari
P.O.Box: 13185-1678,
Tehran, Iran
Email: heidari@shahed.ac.ir

* Received for Publication: August 25, 2009

* Revision Received: September 3, 2009

* Accepted Date: September 5, 2009



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