POSTPARTUM SEXUALITY: A STUDY FROM TURKISH WOMEN'S PERSPECTIVES
ESC Congress Library. Gölbasi Z. May 28, 2014; 50630; A-215
Zehra Gölbasi
Zehra Gölbasi
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OBJECTIVES:This is a descriptive study carried out in order to determine women's perspectives on postpartum sexuality


METHOD: The study was carried out at the postpartum clinic of a state hospital in Sivas which is one of the major cities in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey.  With 95% reliability and 5% error margin; 355 women are included in the study sample.  The data was collected through surveys which were conducted face to face, after the written consent was taken from the hospital and the verbal consent was taken from the women. The data were evaluated   through   the number, percentage, average and chi-square tests


RESULTS: The Average age of participant women is 26.31 (SD=5.54) and 64.5% of them are the graduates of secondary school or above. 36,1% of women stated that they have had a problem about their sex life during pregnancy. The 82.0% of women stated that they have not received any consultancy during their pregnancy, 80,3% stated they have not received any consultancy about their post-partum sex life. Only the16.6% of women stated they have received information about sex life within the scope of postpartum discharge instructions. The 33.5% of women agreed with the statement that \"\"women who breastfeed does not become pregnant\"\", 51.3% agreed that \"\"it is a sin to have sexual intercourse within 40 days following the birth-giving\"\", 38% agreed that \"\"women who just gave birth are not sexually attractive \"\", 36,9% agreed that \"\"it is a sin to have sexual intercourse for a breastfeeding mother\"\". There is no significant difference between primipara and multipara women in the sense of agreement frequency of these statements (p>0.05). On the other hand, the 46.8% of women agreed with the statement that \"\"it is difficult to restart sexual intercourse after birth-giving\"\", 41.1% agreed that \"\"sexual intercourse after birth-giving is more problematic than other times\"\", 46.5% agreed that \"\"sexual intercourse can be painful after giving birth\"\", 41.1% agreed that \"\"the sexual drive of women decreases after birth-giving\"\". There was a statistically significant difference between multipara and primipara women in the rate of acceptance to these statements (p<0.05).


CONCLUSIONS:Postpartum sexuality is not analyzed effectively within postpartum care services. Especially multipara women have negative views about postpartum sexuality According to these results, it is suggested that the issue of sexual life should be considered within the pregnancy and postpartum care services, health care workers should be included within in-service training programs.

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