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Postnatal depression and sexual health after childbirth

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the sexual health experiences of depressed and nondepressed postnatal women within a 6-month postnatal period. METHODS: This cross-sectional study used obstetric records and postal survey 6 months after delivery from a cohort of primiparous women (n = 796) delivering a live-born infant at St. George's NHS Trust, London. Women self-reported sexual problems and sexual behaviors and completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. RESULTS: Of the 796 parturients, 484 responded (61%), and 468 completed the survey questions on depression and sexual health (97%). Of the latter, 57 (12%) fit the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale criteria. Comparing the depressed with nondepressed women, resumption of sexual activity occurred with 77% versus 90% (P =.003), and the median number of specific sexual problems reported was two versus one, respectively (P =.009). CONCLUSION: Sexual health problems were common after childbirth in both depressed and nondepressed women; however, depressed women were less likely to have resumed intercourse at 6 months and more likely to report sexual health problems. Given the frequency of sexual health problems, postnatal sexual morbidity cannot be assumed to be simply a product of the depressed mental state

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Morof, Diane, Barrett, Geraldine, Peacock, Janet, Victor, Christina R. and Manyonda, Isaac (2003) Postnatal depression and sexual health after childbirth Obstetrics and Gynecology, 102, (6), pp. 1318-1325. (doi:10.1016/j.obstetgynecol.2003.08.020).

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Published date: 1 December 2003
Keywords: behaviors, time, fecal incontinence, postnatal depression, scale, infant, delivery, methods, cohort, nhs, london, childbirth, cross-sectional studies, health, vaginal delivery, parity, women, prevalence, community, behavior, england, postpartum, activity, depression, report, pregnancy, morbidity
Organisations: Medicine

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Local EPrints ID: 62000
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/62000
ISSN: 0029-7844
PURE UUID: 6eb07c2b-ed74-4250-9704-153bf627218d

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Date deposited: 10 Sep 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:21

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Author: Diane Morof
Author: Geraldine Barrett
Author: Janet Peacock
Author: Christina R. Victor
Author: Isaac Manyonda

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