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[Press release]Link found between pain during or after sexual intercourse and mode of delivery | EurekAlert! Science News

From the 20 January 2015 press release at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Women who have a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum extraction are more likely to experience persisting pain during sex in the year after childbirth than women who have a vaginal birth.

The findings from a longitudinal study by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute showed that women who had an emergency caesarean or vacuum extraction were twice as likely to experience pain during sex at 18 months postpartum, compared to women who had a vaginal birth with no medical intervention.

The vast majority of women (86%) experienced pain the first time they had sex after childbirth. Women who had a caesarean section or vacuum extraction experienced pain for a longer period.

According to lead author Doctor Ellie McDonald, the unexpected finding dispels the common myth that caesarean section results in fewer sexual problems after childbirth.

“Almost all women experience some pain during sex following childbirth,” Doctor McDonald said. “Our findings show that this was equally true whether couples resumed sex at six weeks or six months postpartum.”

For most women pain does resolve over time, but for around one in three women having a caesarean section or vacuum extraction pain persists to 18 months postpartum.

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January 22, 2015 - Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , , , , , ,

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