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Lori A. Brotto

Sexual health in the postpartum period

  • Speaker: Lori A. Brotto , PhD, R Psych
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU

Sex makes a baby. But babies can be bad for sex. Six weeks after a child is born, most women are given the green light to resume sexual activity as long as the typical healing-signs of delivery – whether a vaginal or a cesarean birth – are evident, and the couple have considered contraceptive options. However, sexual concerns are common in the postpartum period, and may include loss of sexual desire, vulvovaginal dryness, difficulties with orgasm, genital pain, and loss of pleasure. For some women, these sexual difficulties can persist for months, years, or even decades. The goal of this talk is to discuss the etiology of postpartum sexual difficulties, and discuss strategies for improving sexual dysfunction that can be implemented by the health care provider.