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Revista de salud publica del Paraguay

Print version ISSN 2224-6193On-line version ISSN 2307-3349


GIMENEZ, María de los Ángeles; KAWABATA, Anibal  and  RIOS-GONZALEZ, Carlos Miguel. Sexual practices and contraception in puerperal women in a third level care hospital in Paraguay, 2017. Rev. salud publica Parag. [online]. 2019, vol.9, n.2, pp.35-40. ISSN 2307-3349.


The fact of restarting the sexual life after childbirth constitutes a source of tension and / or emotional stress in some women, which can lead to long-term conflicts in the life of a couple, largely influenced by physical changes and Emotional that occur.


Describe the sexual practices and contraception of the puerperal women of a third level hospital in Paraguay during 2017.


Descriptive, cross-sectional study, with probabilistic sampling of consecutive cases, which showed 84 women from the Regional Hospital of Coronel Oviedo, 2017.


84 women were included, the percentage that resumed sexual intercourse was 42.86% (n = 36), the average time being 8 ± 5.68 weeks; 64.29% (n = 54) admitted to having performed non-coital sexual practice, at a time of onset of 2 ± 2.96 weeks. The main reasons for sexual intercourse were due to desire and personal comfort 47% (n = 17) and request of the couple 33% (n = 12), the reasons why they did not restart were for fear of feeling pain 30% (n= 25) and for fear of a new pregnancy 20% (n = 20). Of the women who performed non-coital sexual practice, 87% (n = 47) practiced only kisses and caresses with erotic intent. The majority used the 38% quarterly hormonal injection as a contraceptive method for resumption (n = 14). 44.05% (n = 37) used the quarterly hormonal injection as a modern contraceptive method.


The sexual practices and contraception of the puerperal women of the Regional Hospital of Coronel Oviedo during the month of October 2017 were: less than half of the women resumed sexual intercourse in an average time of 8 weeks, for desire and comfort personal; while the restart of non-coital sexual practices was greater than half, in a time of 2 weeks. The main modern contraceptive method used was the quarterly hormonal injection.

Keywords : Postpartum Period; Contraceptive Agents; Sexual Behavior..

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