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dc.contributor.authorBender, Sóley S
dc.contributor.authorSveinsdóttir, Edda
dc.contributor.authorFridfinnsdóttir, Hilda
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-20T14:01:46Z
dc.date.available2018-06-20T14:01:46Z
dc.date.issued2018-07
dc.date.submitted2018
dc.identifier.citation"You stop thinking about yourself as a woman". An interpretive phenomenological study of the meaning of sexuality for Icelandic women during pregnancy and after birth. 2018, 62:14-19 Midwiferyen
dc.identifier.issn1532-3099
dc.identifier.pmid29627594
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.midw.2018.03.009
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2336/620610
dc.descriptionTo access publisher's full text version of this article click on the hyperlink belowen
dc.description.abstractThere exists considerable evidence about reduced sexual desire and sexual disorders during pregnancy and after giving birth. More in-depth qualitative evidence is needed. The purpose of this study was to find out how Icelandic women experienced their sexuality during pregnancy and after giving birth.
dc.description.abstractAn interpretive phenomenological study based on individual interviews with eight women was carried out at two time points, six and 12 months after giving birth, giving a total of 16 interviews. Women who had given birth at Landspitali - The National University Hospital of Iceland were selected for the study through purposeful sampling. The interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. The text was analysed by using interpretive phenomenology.
dc.description.abstractChanges during pregnancy and the post-partum period affected how the women perceived themselves as sexual beings. They expressed a great need for physical and emotional intimacy during this time. Their needs for physical intimacy did not necessarily include the desire for sexual intercourse. How well their needs were met by their partner depended apparently on how intimate their relationship was. The relationship either tilted towards balance or imbalance, more towards balance when intimacy needs were taken care of. Communication, being emotionally close to the partner, and how the partner showed consideration played a great role in their sexual relationship.
dc.description.abstractDuring these transitional times women felt differently as sexual beings, they had great need for emotional and physical intimacy, and needed to share their thoughts, to be close and to be appreciated.
dc.description.abstractHealth care professionals, especially midwives and nurses, could contribute to the balance in the relationship through the provision of evidence-based information about normal changes in sexual behaviour during the childbearing process and by discussing intimacy issues. The partner may need this information as much as the woman.
dc.description.sponsorshipB-Scientific Fund of the Icelandic Nurses Association Scientific Fund of Landspitali - The National University Hospital of Icelanden
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevier Science Ltd.en
dc.relation.urlhttps://reader.elsevier.com/reader/sd/C1D7F6BC4F01A4FB9D8CE6537C4EDCBB196824EA64DF0C2BBF3C04C3CFC4B6D10D723A6F003FFD64D6A745F6D0C4C38Een
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Midwiferyen
dc.subjectMeðgangaen
dc.subjectMakaren
dc.subjectKynhegðunen
dc.subjectMIW12en
dc.subjectSAR12en
dc.subject.meshPregnancyen
dc.subject.meshSpousesen
dc.subject.meshParturitionen
dc.subject.meshSexualityen
dc.title"You stop thinking about yourself as a woman". An interpretive phenomenological study of the meaning of sexuality for Icelandic women during pregnancy and after birth.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.department[ 1 ] Univ Iceland, Fac Nursing, Eiriksgata 34, IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland [ 2 ] Landspitali Natl Univ Hosp Iceland, Dept Obstet & Gynecol, IS-101 Reykjavik, Icelanden
dc.identifier.journalMidwiferyen
dc.rights.accessLandspitali Access - LSH-aðganguren
dc.departmentcodeMIW12
dc.departmentcodeSAR12
html.description.abstractThere exists considerable evidence about reduced sexual desire and sexual disorders during pregnancy and after giving birth. More in-depth qualitative evidence is needed. The purpose of this study was to find out how Icelandic women experienced their sexuality during pregnancy and after giving birth.
html.description.abstractAn interpretive phenomenological study based on individual interviews with eight women was carried out at two time points, six and 12 months after giving birth, giving a total of 16 interviews. Women who had given birth at Landspitali - The National University Hospital of Iceland were selected for the study through purposeful sampling. The interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. The text was analysed by using interpretive phenomenology.
html.description.abstractChanges during pregnancy and the post-partum period affected how the women perceived themselves as sexual beings. They expressed a great need for physical and emotional intimacy during this time. Their needs for physical intimacy did not necessarily include the desire for sexual intercourse. How well their needs were met by their partner depended apparently on how intimate their relationship was. The relationship either tilted towards balance or imbalance, more towards balance when intimacy needs were taken care of. Communication, being emotionally close to the partner, and how the partner showed consideration played a great role in their sexual relationship.
html.description.abstractDuring these transitional times women felt differently as sexual beings, they had great need for emotional and physical intimacy, and needed to share their thoughts, to be close and to be appreciated.
html.description.abstractHealth care professionals, especially midwives and nurses, could contribute to the balance in the relationship through the provision of evidence-based information about normal changes in sexual behaviour during the childbearing process and by discussing intimacy issues. The partner may need this information as much as the woman.


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