Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2020 , Vol 11, Issue 1
The Impact of Breastfeeding On Sexual Life Quality In Postpartum Periods
Elif Şahbaz Selimoğlu1,Kerime Derya Beydağ2
1İstanbul Florence Nigtingale Hastanesi, İstanbul, Türkiye
2İstanbul Okan Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik, Istanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.31067/0.2020.257 Aim: This study was conducted to determine the effect of breastfeeding on the sexual life of women who breastfeed their baby after childbirth.

Study design: The universe of the descriptive and cross-sectional study consisted of 172 women admitted to the gynecology clinic of a private hospital serving the European side of Istanbul between October and December 2017, who were between 0?6 months postpartum and breastfeeding their babies. Only 104 women were included in the study because the rest eitherdid not want to participate in the study or they inadequately filled the surveys. The data were obtained using the socio-demographic data form and the Turkish Sexual Life Quality Scale (SLQS) conducted by Tuğut and Gölbaşı in 2010. In the evaluation of the data, Kruskal- Wallis, Mann-Whitney U test and t-test were used for number-percentage calculations.

Results: The average score of women was found as 60.43±10.70. The number of participants, their time of birth, the type of delivery, the average number of daily breastfeeding, the breast problem that can affect the breast milk, the condition that prevents sexual activity during sexual life up to now, any problems with sexual life before and during pregnancy were included. There was no statistically significant difference between the meantime to start sexuality, the number of sexual intercourse per month during the period of breastfeeding the baby, and the status of getting informed about sexual life and SLQS point average (p>0.05). There was a statistically significant difference between participants" postpartum sexual life status and postpartum who started sexual intercourse and SLQS score average (p<0.05). It was determined that those who stated that they did not have any problems related to sexual life in the postpartum period and those who want to start a sexual activity with their husbands have higher SLQS scores and higher sexual life qualities.

Conclusion: It is recommended that nurses and midwives evaluate the quality of the breastfeeding women"sexual life during the breastfeeding period and refer them to the relevant units. Keywords : Postpartum, breastfeeding, sexual life, sexual life quality