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Sexualité pendant la grossesse : Regards croisés dans le couple

Abstract : Objectives: To understand the discrepancies of experience between men and women with regards to their personal sexuality during pregnancy and to consider the refining strategies from man or woman and then to analyze the perception that each of the two partners has of the experience of the sexuality of the other during the pregnancy period. Material and methods: A multicentric prospective study was carried out from March to December 2016 in the Île-de-France area, in two maternity wards and one midwives private practice. Anonymous questionnaires containing open and closed questions were disclosed. Two questionnaires, one for the women and the other one for the men, gave the opportunity for each member of the couple to answer individually to questions. Those questionnaires were circulated to couples coming for examination during the third quarter of pregnancy. The first part of the questionnaire gathers information about each partner and about the current pregnancy, the second part focuses on the journey of the sexuality of each partner during pregnancy, and the last part gathers data on the perception one partner has of the journey of the other. Results: Men and women do not have the same journey of their sexuality during pregnancy with regards to the evolution of the desire, the sight of the pregnant woman’s body, the influence of the "minor aches and pains of the pregnancy", and sexual pleasure. Men and women have the same coping strategies. Within the same couple, 40% of men and 38% of women have a false perception of the experience of their partner's sexuality, if half of the questions is taken as a threshold. Sufficient communication within a couple results in better sexual fulfillment. The lack of fear regarding sexuality during pregnancy leads to more fulfilling sexuality and more pleasure. The flourishing of one of the two partners influences the development of the other within the same couple. Conclusion: This study provides useful insights into the experience of couples' privacy during pregnancy. It can help midwives to determine the issues to address with women and couples and to encourage both members of the couple to communicate with each other.
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Elsa Sanfilippo. Sexualité pendant la grossesse : Regards croisés dans le couple . Gynécologie et obstétrique. 2017. ⟨dumas-01583051⟩

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