Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 85–91 | Cite as

Sexual function during the puerperium

  • J. G. Grudzinskas
  • L. Atkinson


Of 328 women interviewed at a postnatal clinic, 166 (50.6%) had resumed sexual intercourse, the average interval after delivery being 5 weeks postpartum. Of the various social and clinical factors examined, resumption of coitus was related only to marital status, vaginal laceration, and continuing vaginal bleeding. Of the sexually active group, 89% were practicing effective contraception.

Key words

sex behavior puerperium pregnancy 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. G. Grudzinskas
    • 1
  • L. Atkinson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Department of Reproductive PhysiologySt. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College and The London Hospital Medical CollegeLondonEngland
  2. 2.Department of Human Biology and HealthUniversity of SurreyEngland

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