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Table 2 Reproductive and obstetric characteristics of mothers of extended postpartum period in Gondar city, northwest Ethiopia, 2020 (n = 634)

From: Factors associated with early resumption of sexual intercourse among women during extended postpartum period in Northwest Ethiopia: a cross sectional study

Variables Number Percent
Parity
 1 227 35.8
 2–4 373 58.8
  > 5 34 5.4
Alive children by now
 1 232 36.6
 2–3 304 47.9
  > 4 98 15.5
Was the last pregnancy planned?
 Yes 593 93.5
 No 41 6.5
Mode of delivery for current child
 Vaginal without episiotomy/tear 389 61.4
 Vaginal with episiotomy/tear 75 11.8
 Instrumental (Forceps and vacuumed delivery) 41 6.5
 Emergency Cesarean section 89 14.0
 Elective Cesarean section 40 6.3
Breastfeed currently
 Yes 614 96.8
 No 20 3.2
Sexual intercourse resumed after recent birth
 Yes 569 89.7
 No 65 10.3
Timing of resumption sexual intercourse (n = 569)
Before 6 weeks 153 26.9
 After 6 weeks 416 73.1
Problems noted after resuming sexual intercourse (n = 569)
 No problem 394 69.2
 Pain during sex 89 15.6
 Vaginal bleeding/discharge 34 6.0
 Lack of desire 29 5.1
 Vaginal dryness 23 4.0
Did you seek medical advice for sexual problem (n = 175)?
 Yes 52 29.7
 No 123 70.3
Reason for resuming sexual intercourse
 I wanted sex 136 23.9
 Partner demand 433 76.1
Ever advised about postpartum sexual activity
 Yes 181 28.5
 No 453 71.5
Time from childbirth
 Less than 6 weeks 36 5.7
 6–24 weeks 325 51.2
 24–46 weeks 273 43.1
Using any family planning
 Yes 329 51.9
 No 305 48.1
Have ANC follow up
 Yes 617 97.3
 No 17 2.7
Place of delivery
 Public health facility 577 91.0
 Private clinics 13 2.1
 Home 44 6.9
Postnatal care
 Yes 347 54.7
 No 287 45.3