Navigation Links
Most New Mothers Skip Sex for at Least 6 Weeks After Childbirth
Date:2/26/2013

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Most first-time mothers wait more than six weeks after childbirth before having sex again, a new study finds.

Australian researchers examined data from more than 1,500 women and found that 41 percent of these new mothers attempted vaginal sex by six weeks after giving birth, 65 percent by eight weeks, 78 percent by 12 weeks and 94 percent by six months.

Although most of the women waited longer before having vaginal sex, 53 percent of them resumed some form of sexual activity within six weeks, according to the study, which was published Feb. 27 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Women aged 30 to 34 were much less likely than those aged 18 to 24 to resume vaginal sex by six weeks after giving birth: 40 percent versus 63 percent.

Women who had a cesarean section, a birth assisted with forceps or an episiotomy or sutured tear also were less likely to have resumed vaginal sex by six weeks after birth. The rates were 45 percent for those who had a C-section, 32 percent for those who had a forceps-assisted birth, 32 percent for those who had an episiotomy and 35 percent for those who had a sutured tear. In comparison, 60 percent of women who had spontaneous vaginal birth with intact perineum resumed sex within six weeks.

Only about 10 percent of first-time mothers will have a vaginal birth and an intact perineum, according to the study, so it's reasonable for most women and their partners to expect a delay in resuming vaginal sex, the researchers said.

"The most important finding from the study is the wide time interval over which couples resume sex after childbirth," study lead author Stephanie Brown, an associate professor at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Victoria, said in a journal news release. "Most couples do not resume sex until after six to eight weeks postpartum, and many delay much longer than this."

"This is useful information for couples to know before their baby is born, and may help reduce feelings of anxiety and guilt about not resuming sexual activity sooner," she said.

John Thorp, the journal's deputy editor-in-chief, said in the news release: "It is very common for women and their partners to want information about when sexual activity may be safely and comfortably resumed, and what to expect in relation to the impact of childbirth on their relationship."

"It is important to remember that these decisions are down to the individual couple and when it feels right for them," he said.

More information

The American College of Nurse-Midwives has more about recovering from pregnancy.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, news release, Feb. 26, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Study shows that problem-solving training helps mothers cope with childs cancer diagnosis
2. Babies born to immigrant women in Ontario bigger than those born in their mothers native countries
3. Mother-Baby Sleep Experts Offer Tips for Soothing Crying Babies, Giving Exhausted Mothers Alternatives to Crying It Out
4. Online message boards provide outlets for mothers concerns, MU researcher says
5. While in womb, babies begin learning language from their mothers
6. Mothers Pre-Pregnancy Weight Tied to Kids IQ, Study Says
7. Babies born to mothers from the Philippines significantly smaller than those of Canadian-born women
8. Babies born to stressed mothers more likely to be bullied at school
9. Health project in India saved many mothers and children
10. Mothers Weight-Loss Surgery Linked to Kids Heart Health
11. Source of conflict: Study finds factors that can shape divorced mothers co-parenting experiences
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “Vintage and Harvest A Cultivation of Christian Love” ... teacher residing in North Carolina with his wife, Anna Marie. He and his wife ... grandchildren. David is also the author of “Shadow and Substance.” , “Love, the agape ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “The Adventures of Joey, The Dog ... dog who lives his life to the fullest, as God intended. “The Adventures of ... Holmgren, a mother and grandmother pursuing her passion for writing, especially about truth and ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... CO (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... A ... bar for entry into teacher preparation programs. The NCTQ report suggests, based on a ... entry requirements would significantly improve teacher quality in the U.S. It argues that this ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... Demonstrating their commitment ... more public health departments have been awarded national accreditation through the Public ... into the expanding network of communities across the nation whose health departments meet ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... PAINWeekEnd (PWE) ... 10 North Broadway Avenue, will be an educational and exciting program providing busy ... the management of chronic pain. , Oklahoma is in a healthcare crisis. The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... report to their offering. ... The Global Cryostat Market is poised to grow ... reach approximately $3.5 billion by 2025. This industry report ... on global as well as regional levels presented in the research ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017 ... research report created through extensive primary research (inputs ... the report aims to present the analysis of ... of Procedure (Replacement and Repair); Replacement Procedure By ... Repair By Technique (Surgical Devices, Balloon Valvuloplasty, Transcatheter ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Iowa , March 23, 2017   BioSpace ... career resource, has partnered with Indiana Biosciences Research ... organizations and educational institutions to bring the ... the first-ever BioIndiana Hotbed map, an artistic representation of ... print was presented to Vice President Mike Pence ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: