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Trauma during birth results in lower desire

Posted by hannahflynn on May 28, 2009

There is little significant difference in the sexual activity of women after birth who have experienced major trauma during labour compared with women who have experienced minor trauma.

Researchers asked women to complete a twelve point questionnaire know as the Intimate Relationship Scale in the study reported in this month’s Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.

The study found 85 percent of women had resumed sexual relations three months after birth and total IRS scores did not differ between trauma groups nor did complaints of pain on intercourse.

However, women who had required perineal suturing had lower IRS scores, and women who had experienced major trauma during birth had less desire to be touched and held by their partners.

The study excluded women who had experienced episiotomy.

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