International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health
Vol.5 (7),pp. 121-124, October 2018
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IRJPEH/
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Original Research Article
Perception and practice of coitus during pregnancy by women attending Antenatal Care Clinic in a tertiary hospital, South East Nigeria
*1Obuna JA, and 1Eze JN
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Federal Teaching hospital, Abakaliki, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author E-mail: Obuna2003(at)yahoo.com
To determine how pregnant women in this part of the world perceive and practice coitus during pregnancy and factors that influence their perception and practice. A- five months cross-sectional study of randomly selected 1,950 Antenatal women attendees, married in a monogamous setting between March 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015. 76.5% of pregnant women perceive coitus during pregnancy as bad and unacceptable. The prevalence of coitus during pregnancy was 29.8%. The commonest reason for avoiding coitus during pregnancy was fear of harm/hurt to the fetus (19.9%), while satisfying husband (23.8%) and keeping him away from other women (20.9%) were the main reasons for engaging in coitus during pregnancy. Women with higher education were more likely to practice coitus during pregnancy (45.6% with tertiary education compared to 15.5% with none formal education). Pregnant women accepted coitus better at second trimester (48.4%) while they were more afraid to engage in coitus during first trimester. Ninety percent of the respondents admitted that avoidance of coitus during pregnancy was a frequent cause of marital disharmony. The perception and practice of coitus during pregnancy by our pregnant women are poor. Fear of harm/hurt to the fetus, women’s education and gestational age influence the perception and practice of coitus during pregnancy. There is the need to include sexual education not only in our Antenatal education but also in our educational curriculum as well as our religious and community women’s organizations/groups.
Key words: Pregnant women, perception, practice, coitus, antenatal clinic