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Revista Portuguesa de Clínica Geral

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QUEIROS, Alexandra et al. Sexuality in the third trimester of pregnancy. Rev Port Clin Geral [online]. 2011, vol.27, n.5, pp.434-443. ISSN 0870-7103.

Objectives: To describe the sexual activity of women in the third trimester of pregnancy. Study Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Dr. Alfredo da Costa Obstetric Hospital, Lisbon, Portugal. Participants: One hundred pregnant women with a low risk pregnancy, without medical restrictions on their sexual activity. Methods: An anonymous self-administered questionnaire including demographic data, information on sexual relations, and beliefs about sexuality during the last trimester of pregnancy was completed by women attending an outpatient obstetric clinic during the third trimester of their pregnancy. Results: Most women had reduced their sexual activity during pregnancy although half of them had sexual intercourse one or more times per week and continued vaginal intercourse with no significant changes in other sexual behaviours in the third trimester. Factors associated with a reduction in sexual activity in the third trimester were reduced desire and satisfaction, dyspareunia and fatigue. Myths, religion, level of education and lack of information from heath care providers were also associated with a reduction sexual activity. Women indicated frequently that their sexual partner was afraid of harming the baby. A few women had information from health professionals regarding sexual activity in pregnancy and think that they should received more. Conclusions: The authors believe that pregnancy does not disrupt sexuality in a couple with a previously satisfactory relationship. Nevertheless health professionals should discuss this topic with pregnant women more often.

Palavras-chave : Sexuality; Pregnancy Third Trimester.

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