McKay, Alexander
March 2001
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2001, Vol. 10 Issue 1/2, p59
Academic Journal
The article comments on various recent research reports on sex. The study subjects were women who had a singleton vaginal delivery at a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts between August 1,1996 and February 8, 1997. Study participants were those who returned a mail in questionnaire 6 months post partum. For the analysis, the women were divided into three groups: intact group, second-degree group, and high degree group. The intact group were women with an intact perineum or a first-degree perineal tear. The second-degree group were those with a second-degree perineal tear and those in the high-degree group had either a third-degree or fourth-degree tear. Women in the intact group tended to be younger, heavier, less educated, and less likely to be living with a partner. Most of the women in each group began having intercourse by six months after giving birth. In an another research, the researchers suggest that their findings support the implementation of sexual risk reduction interventions during the late elementary school grades since interventions that reach youth before they become sexually active are more likely to have a positive behavioral impact.


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