Women’s experience of changes in genitals and the intimate relationship after childbirth

A synthesis of two studies has now been published in Vård i Norden, Nordic journal of Nursing Research ( in Swedish language). The data was collected by the midwife Britta Lindblom and was analyzed by two master students. The paper is titled (English translation): Women’s experience of changes in genitals and the intimate relationship after childbirth. “Kvinnors upplevelse av hur underliv och samliv förändrats efter barnafödande, Childbirth affects women’s bodies and can cause changes to the genital area.

Few previous studies describe the effects of these changes over longer periods. This study examines how women experience changes to their genitals and sexual relationships 3-7 years after a vaginal delivery. Two open questions in a survey were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Part one of the study describes how 701 women experienced changes in the genital area and part two describes the ways in which 256 women thought their sexual relationship had improved since childbirth. The findings are categorized in two parts: a. women experience a change of genitals and sexuality  and b. To grow as woman and partner. More women can receive professional help and thereby a sense of wellbeing by our asking questions and drawing attention to the problem. Informing women about how sexual life can be improved is important as most research discusses complications after delivery.

Reference:

Lindblom, B., Murby, L., Zotterman, C., Thorsell, P, & Ahlborg, T. (2012) Kvinnors upplevelse av hur  underliv och samliv förändrats efter barnafödande – Women’s experience of changes in genitals and the intimate relationship after childbirth. Vård i Norden. Nordic Journal of Nursing Research, 32 (3), 13-19.

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