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    Sexual health and function in pregnancy

    Counseling about sexuality in pregnancy and postpartum offers an opportunity to allay fears and increase patient satisfaction during a unique period in a woman’s life.

     

    Conclusion

    A more open discussion between clinicians and patients about sexual activity during pregnancy is relevant and may help to alleviate women’s fears, close knowledge gaps and reassure those who wish to be sexually active throughout pregnancy. As an ob/gyn, approaching sexual health in pregnancy requires both an understanding of physiologic changes that can occur and an attention to culturally sensitive issues that may arise. Throughout the antepartum and postpartum periods, clinicians have the opportunity to provide direct counseling about sexual activity as well as to indirectly affect patients’ intimate partner relationships. As ob/gyns, we provide many vital services to women throughout their lives and, particularly, during their pregnancies. Included in this armamentarium of expertise should be tools to help optimize sexual health and promote sexual wellbeing during pregnancy.

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    My-Linh Nguyen, MD
    Dr Nguyen is a Fellow in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ...
    Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD
    Dr. Afshar is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, Los Angeles
    Jenny Mei, MD
    Dr Mei is Resident Physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, Los Angeles.
    Tamara Grisales, MD
    Dr Grisales is an Assistant Clinic Professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of ...

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