Journal article

Consultation about Sexual Health Issues in the Year after Childbirth: A Cohort Study

Ellie McDonald, Hannah Woolhouse, Stephanie J Brown



BACKGROUND: Postnatal sexual health remains underresearched. The main aims of this study were to investigate the prevalence of postnatal sexual health issues, and the extent to which primary care practitioners routinely inquire about sexual health issues. METHOD: 1,507 first time mothers were recruited in early pregnancy and followed up at 3, 6, and 12 months postpartum. Sexual health issues were assessed at every follow-up using a checklist. RESULTS: Eighty-nine percent of women reported sexual health issues in the first 3 months postpartum. The most common sexual health issues at 3 months postpartum were: loss of interest in sex, pain during sex, vaginal tightness, and lack of lubrication...

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Canberra; and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program, Melbourne, Victoria. The NHMRC funded the establishment of the cohort with a 5-year epidemiology grant (2002-2006). SB held a 5-year VicHealth Public Health Research Fellowship (2001-2005), an NHMRC Career Development Award (2008-2011) and an ARC Future Fellowship (2012-2015). The funding organizations had no involvement in the conduct of the study, and the authors are independent of the funding sources.