2001, Number 5
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ABSTRACTObjective: To determine if frequency of sexual activity during gestation constitutes a risk factor for premature childbirth or if other associate factors exist.
vMethod: A basic, comparative investigation, retrospective of cases and control. A group of 50 postpartum patients studied. A subgroup of 25 women with premature and other childbirth history was selected to be compared, with 25 normal patients under similar conditions of risk. The frequency of sexual activity for trimester, was inquired as well as their association to genitourinary infections, prenatal control, scholarity, age and emotional conditions.
Results: The average sexual activity during the first trimester, in women with threat of premature childbirth was two times per week, for the second trimester once a week. In the control, normal group, average activity, was once time a week in the first and second, and zero during the third trimester.
Genitourinary infections were present in 68% of the patients with threat of premature childbirth, and 44% in the control group.
Scholarity and emotional conditions were similar in both groups.
Conclusion: The frequency of sexual activity doesn’t constitute a significant risk for premature childbirth, but associated to infections of the urinary tract it should be considered. Prenatal control and socioeconomic level might constitute factors of risk.
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