When it comes to postpartum sex, everyone has a headache

The study in 114 partners, of whom 18 were women, showed that personal tiredness ranked as the most influential factor on low sexual desire after their partner had given birth.

Psychosocial factors such as birth experience, the presence of vaginal interventions during birth, and breastfeeding had no effect on sexual desire scores.

The employment status of the partner was the only factor that influenced postnatal sexual desire in partners, whereby employed partners had higher sexual desire scores.

The study, conducted at the University of Michigan, showed that 82% of partners had sex within the first three months after the birth, with 70% reporting engagement in oral sex and 73% in masturbation.

A third of partners reported engaging in vaginal intercourse within six weeks of birth.

Birth experience, social support, stress, body image self-consciousness, birth trauma, fatigue and partner’s breastfeeding status were all