Volume : VIII, Issue : III, March - 2019

Female sexual function during pregnancy: A comparative cross sectional study in Saudi Arabia

Abdullah Kafy, Rana Alamoudi, Souzan Alkafy, Rawan Qary

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Background: Sexual relationships among couples change frequently during pregnancy. Studies that were conducted to evaluate those changes showed conflicting results. Some studies described a positive effect while others reported negative ones. Objectives: This study aimed to assess the effect of pregnancy on the sexual function-ing of Saudi women in comparison to the non-pregnant. Subjects and methods: This comparative cross-sectional study was conducted at King Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAUH) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia between January 2017 to March 2018. The study utilized the multidimensional Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) questionnaire to assess the pregnant womanís sexual functioning in all six domains; desire, arousal, luication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain. The data was collected and entered on the computer. Statistical analysis was done using Statistical Package of Social Science (SPSS) Version 16. Significance was considered at a p-value less than 0.05 Results: During the study period, the response rate was 70% and 75.6% among preg-nant and non-pregnant women respectively. There was a significantly lower score for desire, arousal, orgasm and satisfaction among pregnant females compared non-pregnant one, while that of luication and pain was lower in pregnant women. A sig-nificant inverse correlation was observed between sexual desire and maternal age, ges-tational age, gravidity, number of spontaneous vaginal deliveries (SVD) and abor-tions. Conclusion: A significant reduction in sexual functioning was experienced by the pregnant Saudi women in this study. Sexual physiological changes throughout preg-nancy should be discussed with the couples during antenatal care in order to avoid the negative impact of such problems on the marital relationship.

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FEMALE SEXUAL FUNCTION DURING PREGNANCY: A COMPARATIVE CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY IN SAUDI ARABIA, Abdullah Kafy, Rana Alamoudi, Souzan Alkafy, Rawan Qary GLOBAL JOURNAL FOR RESEARCH ANALYSIS : Volume-8 | Issue-3 | March-2019


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