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ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2011, Article ID 856586, 6 pages
Research Article

Effect of Pregnancy and Childbirth on Sexuality of Women in Ibadan, Nigeria

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Hospital, University of Ibadan, PMB, 5116 Ibadan, Nigeria

Received 19 August 2010; Accepted 28 September 2010

Academic Editors: A. Martin-Hidalgo, E. Petru, C. Tayade, E. Weisberg, and A. Zenclussen

Copyright © 2011 Folasade Adenike Bello et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A study of 375 antenatal attendees to assess women's views and experience in sexual matters during pregnancy and following childbirth. Explanatory variables included the perception women had of sex during pregnancy and after childbirth. Outcome variables were frequency and satisfaction of sexual activity. The commonest reasons for having coitus in pregnancy were marital harmony and facilitation of delivery. Libido rose throughout pregnancy but orgasms were less often experienced. The man-on-top position became less practised. Vaginal intercourse remained the commonest type. Masturbation and anal intercourse increased, while oral sex declined throughout. Marriage (OR 9.0, 95% CI 1.0–79.5) and current cohabitation (OR 13.6, 95% CI 1.6–113.4) were predictors of sex in pregnancy. Dyspareunia and partners' extramarital affairs were deterrent. Vaginal delivery and episiotomy were not significant predictors of postnatal sex. The respondents and their partners seem able to adapt to pregnancy changes and enhance their marital bonds. Anticipatory guidance and informed counselling may encourage this.