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 & 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

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.obstetgynecol.2003.08.020
ISSNs: 0029-7844 (print)
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
ePrint ID: 62000
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1 December 2003Published
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:30
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