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Sexuality and mood changes in women with persistent pelvic girdle pain after childbirth: a case-control study

Authors
  • Rexelius, Niklas1, 2
  • Lindgren, Anne3
  • Torstensson, Thomas3
  • Kristiansson, Per3
  • Turkmen, Sahruh1
  • 1 Umeå University, Umeå, 90185, Sweden , Umeå (Sweden)
  • 2 Sundsvall County Hospital, Sundsvall, SE, 851 86, Sweden , Sundsvall (Sweden)
  • 3 Uppsala University, Uppsala, SE-75622, Sweden , Uppsala (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMC Women's Health
Publisher
BioMed Central
Publication Date
Sep 14, 2020
Volume
20
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s12905-020-01058-7
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

BackgroundPelvic girdle pain is a common problem during pregnancy. For most women, the symptoms cease within the first 3–6 months of giving birth, but in some women the pain persists. In this study we investigate the sexuality and frequency of depressive symptoms in women with persistent pelvic girdle pain after childbirth and in healthy women.MethodsWe conducted a case–control study of women with persistent pelvic girdle pain after childbirth and a control group of healthy women. The frequency of depressive symptoms and sexuality were measured using the self-rating version of the Montgomery–Asberg Depression Rating Scale and the McCoy Female Sexuality Questionnaire.ResultsForty-six women with persistent pelvic girdle pain and thirty-nine healthy women were enrolled. The frequency of depressive symptoms and the total score on female sexuality did not differ between the groups. However, pain during intercourse was more frequent (P < 0.001) in women with persistent pelvic girdle pain and caused them to avoid sexual intercourse frequently (P < 0.001). In multiple linear regression a higher frequency of depressive symptoms was reversely correlated with a lower score on female sexuality (β= − 0,41, p < 0,001 95% CI -0,6 - -0,22) This association remained after adjusting for obstetric variables and individual characteristics.ConclusionDepressive symptoms and female sexuality were similar between women with persistent pelvic girdle pain after childbirth and healthy controls. However, pain during intercourse and avoidance of sexual intercourse were more frequent among women with pelvic girdle pain.

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