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For New Moms, Vaginal and Caesarean Births Have Similar Sexual Effects

They also completed a questionnaire called the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), which is commonly used in studies of women’s sexual health. The FSFI covers women’s experiences in 6 domains -- sexual desire, satisfaction, arousal, pain, vaginal lubrication, and orgasm – over the previous 4 weeks.

The women’s average age was 31 years, and their average duration of marriage was almost 12 years. About 70% of the women had had vaginal deliveries. The rest had had elective Caesarean sections.

The authors explained that more women in Iran are choosing C-sections these days, even if they aren’t needed medically, “because of personal beliefs including fear of pain and injury during child birth, and complications of Normal Vaginal Delivery (NVD).”

None of the women in the study had had non-elective C-sections.

Almost 23% of the women experienced urinary incontinence. Less than 1% had fecal incontinence.

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