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Introduction: Women’s sexual function is a complex ensemble ofvariables that involve physical, emotional, and psychosocialstates. Objective: This review aimsto evaluate the evidence about the sexual behavior of women during pregnancy. Methods: Survey of PubMed for theperiod from 1996 to 2011 for prospective, retrospective and case-control studies, randomized clinical trials, meta-analysesand systematic reviews on the sexual function of women during pregnancy using theterms -sexual function- -sexual dysfunction- -sexuality- -pregnancy-, and -pregnant woman-. Results: Changes occur in the sexual function of women during pregnancy; however, due tothe heterogeneity of the studies and the incomparability of samples for lack ofpairing for cultural, age, length of relationship and gestational agevariables, and other methodological biases, it is not possible to characterizethe sexual response of pregnant women. Conclusions: The changes observed are not sufficient to characterize sexual behavior duringpregnancy as pathological. It is therefore necessary to standardize the studygroups and the instruments for the assessment of sexual function, to determinethe presence of distress concomitant with changes in sexual function, and toassess the sexual function of the partner and the impact of changes on thedyadic relationship before and after the gestational period.

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Sexual Function; Dysfunction; Sexuality; Pregnancy; Pregnant

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L. Silveira Santiago, L. Silva Lara, A. Salata Romão, M. Mata Tiezzi and A. Rosa e Silva -Impact of Pregnancy on the Sex Life of Women: State of the Art,- International Journal of Clinical Medicine, Vol. 4 No. 5, 2013, pp. 257-264. doi: 10.4236-ijcm.2013.45045.





Autor: Liliam Renata Silveira Santiago, Lucia Alves da Silva Lara, Adriana Peterson Mariano Salata Romão, Maria Fernanda Barbirato da M

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