Impact of Mode of Delivery on Female Postpartum Sexual Functioning: Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery and Operative Vaginal Delivery vs Cesarean Section

Giussy Barbara, Paola Pifarotti, Federica Facchin, Ivan Cortinovis, Dhohua Dridi, Camilla Ronchetti, Luca Calzolari, Paolo Vercellini

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Abstract

Introduction: Several studies have explored the association between modes of delivery and postpartum female sexual functioning, although with inconsistent findings. Aim: To investigate the impact of mode of delivery on female postpartum sexual functioning by comparing spontaneous vaginal delivery, operative vaginal delivery, and cesarean section. Methods: One hundred thirty-two primiparous women who had a spontaneous vaginal delivery, 45 who had an operative vaginal delivery, and 92 who underwent a cesarean section were included in the study (N = 269). Postpartum sexual functioning was evaluated 6 months after childbirth using the Female Sexual Function Index. Time to resumption of sexual intercourse, postpartum depression, and current breastfeeding also were assessed 6 months after delivery. Main Outcome Measures: Female Sexual Function Index total and domain scores and time to resumption of sexual intercourse at 6 months after childbirth. Results: Women who underwent an operative vaginal delivery had poorer scores on arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and global sexual functioning compared with the cesarean section group and lower orgasm scores compared with the spontaneous vaginal delivery group (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-401
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sexual Medicine
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016

Keywords

  • Cesarean Section
  • Mode of Delivery
  • Postpartum Female Sexual Function
  • Pregnancy
  • Vaginal Delivery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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