Sexuality during Pregnancy among Chinese Couples in Hong Kong: A Prospective Cross-sectional Study Abstract

Wendy SHU, Chung-Nin LEE, Kwok-Keung TANG
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong
 
Objective: Men perceive sexuality differently from women. This study aimed to evaluate sexuality during pregnancy among married Chinese couples in Hong Kong.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted at a regional hospital in Hong Kong. Chinese pregnant women and their husbands were asked to complete a questionnaire separately and anonymously about their demographic data and sexual activities, perception, and knowledge and information about sexuality during pregnancy.
Results: A total of 216 couples were included. The response rate was 55%. Sexual desire was the strongest factor affecting sexual satisfaction. Both wives and husbands had a fear of ‘negative consequences to the unborn baby’ during sexual activity, with similar variance explained (46%). They were comfortable discussing sexual problems only when discussion was initiated by medical staff. The wives might feel unattractive during pregnancy although their husband did not share this view and instead appreciated their wife’s altered appearance. The internet was the favoured source for information about sex in pregnancy. Nonetheless, more than half of the couples were unsure about the reliability of information found. They welcomed more information on this from their health care providers.
Conclusion: Accurate information about sexuality can help dispel myths and reduce anxiety and long-term conflict, as couples experience changes during pregnancy.
 
Hong Kong J Gynaecol Obstet Midwifery 2017; 17(1):36–44
 
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