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Sexual Behavior in Pregnancy: Comparing between Sexual Education Group and Nonsexual Education Group


Vorapong Phupong, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Rama IV Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. Tel: 66-2-2564241; Fax: 66-2-254-9292; E-mail:


Introduction.  Sexuality usually decreases during pregnancy.

Aims.  To evaluate sexual behavior during pregnancy, comparing two groups. One had sexual education and the other had none.

Methods.  After randomizing two groups of pregnant women, they completed self-administered questionnaires regarding attitudes and sexual behavior before and during pregnancy. Sexual education was provided in one group and a second self-administered questionnaire was completed 12 weeks later. Responses were summarized using descriptive statistics. Comparison of change of sexual behavior between two groups was analyzed using chi-square and student t-tests.

Main Outcome Measures.  The change in frequency of coitus during pregnancy was compared between the sexual education group and the noneducation group.

Results.  There was no statistically difference in changes of sexual behavior between the two groups. There was a reduction in frequency of coitus (90.6% vs. 94.9%, P > 0.05) between the nonsexual education group and the sexual education group and no statistically significant change in mean reduction of sexual desire (8.9 vs. 4.4, P > 0.05), sexual arousal (14.3 vs. 13.1, P > 0.05), satisfaction from coitus (15.4 vs. 7.2, P > 0.05), and orgasm from coitus (12.3 vs. 12.3, P > 0.05).

Conclusions.  The change of sexual behavior during pregnancy in the sexual education group was not different from that in the nonsexual education group. Wannakosit S, and Phupong V. Sexual behavior in pregnancy: Comparing between sexual education group and nonsexual education group. J Sex Med 2010;7:3434–3438.