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Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke Za Zhi. 2003 Apr;38(4):219-22.

[Women's postpartum sexuality and delivery types].

[Article in Chinese]

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  • 1Department of Obstetric and Gynecology, First Affiliate Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400016, China.



To investigate the impact of delivery on the sexuality of primiparous women in China, and the association with delivery type.


We inquired 460 of primiparous women delivering of a live birth at the first affiliated hospital of Chongqing medical university from November 1, 2000 to July 31, 2001. It was a cross-sectional study using obstetric records and postal questionnaire survey by outpatients consultation six months after delivery.


Ninety-four point seven percent had resumed sexual activity within six months of the birth. In the first three months after delivery, 70.6% of women experienced sexual problems, it declined to 34.2% at six months, but can not reaching the pre-pregnancy levels. There was no close relation between sexuality postpartum and delivery. (sexual satisfactory, desire, active rate, dyspareunia and pubococcygeal muscle intensity, P > 0.05).


Postpartum sexuality was not significantly associated with delivery types. Sexual problems were very common after childbirth. More consultation and direction of postpartum sexuality recurrence is needed.

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