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Implications for practice and research
Counselling women who request caesarean section should include the difference in the extent of depressive symptoms, pain levels and sexual function, following vaginal and caesarean delivery.
Further research needs to be carried out to elucidate the effectiveness of universal screening for mood state, pain levels and sexual function during the first postpartum year.
The impact of mode of delivery on women’s health postpartum with respect to sexual function, mood disorders and pain, continues to concern health providers. Women often experience perineal, abdominal, back or nipple pain, as well as depression and sexual dysfunction, after childbirth. Although …
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