What is it about?

The aim of this study was to quantify the relationship between mode of delivery and subsequent incidence of sexual dysfunction and impairment of quality of life (QOL) both in women and their husbands.

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Why is it important?

Attitudes to sexuality changed dramatically during the 20th century. Sexual dysfunction (SD) in men and women is a fairly common problem worldwide. Sexual health is perceived as an integral part of general health as it can markedly affect quality of life (QOL). Since the turn of the last century, investigators have hypothesized that pregnancy and delivery of an infant can result in anatomical and functional derangement in pelvic floor and intrapelvic organs. Many issues that were not previously incorporated into the planning of mode of delivery may now be considered to be of great importance. Among these is sexual function.


Our findings strongly support that vaginal delivery or other complicated modes of delivery are associated with the development of SD both in women and in their husbands. Investigation of these outcomes in data from different communities is warranted. Applicability of these results to community hospitals will require careful consideration and additional information.

Dr Mohammad Reza Safarinejad
University of Medical Sceices

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This page is a summary of: RETRACTED: The Effect of the Mode of Delivery on the Quality of Life, Sexual Function, and Sexual Satisfaction in Primiparous Women and Their Husbands, The Journal of Sexual Medicine, June 2009, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2009.01232.x.
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