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Postnatal depression and sexual health after childbirth

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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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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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


Local EPrints ID: 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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