Determinants of Female Sexual Function in Breastfeeding Women

Miguel Fuentealba-Torres*, Denisse Cartagena-Ramos, Lucia A.S. Lara, Josilene D. Alves, Antônio C.V. Ramos, Laura T. Campoy, Jonas B. Alonso, Lucila C. Nascimento, Ricardo A. Arcêncio

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Knowledge about the determinants of female sexual function in breastfeeding women is limited. A total of 355 breastfeeding women completed the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and the Qol-8 quality of life questionnaire. FSFI scores decreased in the first six months of breast feeding. There was a positive relationship between FSFI scores and the importance of sex, level of communication, income, quality of life, and receiving brief sexual counseling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-549
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number6
StatePublished - 18 Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This research was funded by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Program PEC-PG, Processes numbers 9243143 and 9191134.

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© 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


  • Adult
  • Breast Feeding
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Libido
  • Quality of Life
  • Self Concept
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


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