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Article: Women's sexuality after termination of pregnancy in Hong Kong Chinese

TitleWomen's sexuality after termination of pregnancy in Hong Kong Chinese
Authors
KeywordsCouple relationship
Local anaesthetics
Psychological well-being
Termination of pregnancy
Women's sexuality
Issue Date2007
PublisherHong Kong College of Family Physicians. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkcfp.org.hk/
Citation
Hong Kong Practitioner, 2007, v. 29 n. 12, p. 452-462 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: Our aim is to determine sexuality after termination of pregnancy (TOP) in Hong Kong Chinese. Design: This was a prospective study using self-administered questionnaires given before and eight weeks after abortion. Subjects: Women over age 18 years old requesting TOP were invited to participate in the study during the period 6 December 2005 to 28 March 2006. Main outcome measures: Sexual function, couple relationship and psychological well-being like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were assessed. Contraception was also reviewed. Results: No significant change in the number of women who presented with sexual dysfunctions before and after abortion. However, women reported subjective decrease in sexual functions after TOP, ranging from 9.8% for those with increased vaginal pain to 24.5% for those with decreased sexual desire. Majority of them (74.8%) suffered from at least moderate degree of post-traumatic stress symptoms and 10.2% had symptoms suggestive of the presence of a PTSD. Significant associations were seen in subjective decrease of sexual functions with post-traumatic stress symptoms after termination of pregnancy. On the other hand, 41.6% felt less depressed after abortion. There was no significant change in couple relationship after abortion. Conclusion: Termination of pregnancy did not cause sexual dysfunctions. However, significant proportion of women did suffer from decreased sexual functions subjectively which may be due to stress related to unplanned pregnancy or the TOP. The abortion itself did not cause depression and women who had completed family were less depressed after abortion. Post-traumatic stress was prevalent in those having abortion and the symptoms were associated with the subjective decrease in sexual functions.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57541
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.101
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dc.contributor.authorLee, KYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, GCYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLee, AMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorNg, MLen_HK
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dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Practitioner, 2007, v. 29 n. 12, p. 452-462en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1027-3948en_HK
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dc.description.abstractObjective: Our aim is to determine sexuality after termination of pregnancy (TOP) in Hong Kong Chinese. Design: This was a prospective study using self-administered questionnaires given before and eight weeks after abortion. Subjects: Women over age 18 years old requesting TOP were invited to participate in the study during the period 6 December 2005 to 28 March 2006. Main outcome measures: Sexual function, couple relationship and psychological well-being like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were assessed. Contraception was also reviewed. Results: No significant change in the number of women who presented with sexual dysfunctions before and after abortion. However, women reported subjective decrease in sexual functions after TOP, ranging from 9.8% for those with increased vaginal pain to 24.5% for those with decreased sexual desire. Majority of them (74.8%) suffered from at least moderate degree of post-traumatic stress symptoms and 10.2% had symptoms suggestive of the presence of a PTSD. Significant associations were seen in subjective decrease of sexual functions with post-traumatic stress symptoms after termination of pregnancy. On the other hand, 41.6% felt less depressed after abortion. There was no significant change in couple relationship after abortion. Conclusion: Termination of pregnancy did not cause sexual dysfunctions. However, significant proportion of women did suffer from decreased sexual functions subjectively which may be due to stress related to unplanned pregnancy or the TOP. The abortion itself did not cause depression and women who had completed family were less depressed after abortion. Post-traumatic stress was prevalent in those having abortion and the symptoms were associated with the subjective decrease in sexual functions.en_HK
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dc.subjectCouple relationshipen_HK
dc.subjectLocal anaestheticsen_HK
dc.subjectPsychological well-beingen_HK
dc.subjectTermination of pregnancyen_HK
dc.subjectWomen's sexualityen_HK
dc.titleWomen's sexuality after termination of pregnancy in Hong Kong Chineseen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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