Sexual myths during pregnancy: a comparative study

Dinc Kay H., Yilmaz T., Gunaydin S., Calimli E. N., Sadeghi E.

JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY, vol.42, no.4, pp.587-593, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01443615.2021.1931826
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.587-593
  • Keywords: Pregnancy, sexual myth, Turkey, Iran, IRANIAN WOMEN, ATTITUDES, TURKEY, LIFE
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of sexual myths during pregnancy among pregnant women in Turkey and Iran and to compare the similarities and differences between the countries. This is a comparative and descriptive study. The sample included 200 pregnant women from Turkey and Iran. The data were collected using the Descriptive Information Form and Sexual Myths During Pregnancy Form. It was determined that the women in Turkey agreed more with statements, such as 'the infant feels sexual intercourse', 'the infant becomes happy and healthy', 'sexual intercourse during pregnancy is safe'. As for pregnant women in Iran, it was determined that they were more hesitant to agree with statements, such as 'sexual intercourse is a sin' and 'sexual intercourse causes infections'. In both countries, education on sexuality during pregnancy is needed to eliminate information deficiencies.Impact Statement What is already known on this subject? Sexual myths during pregnancy are exaggerated beliefs with no scientific accuracy. These beliefs affect the attitudes and behaviours related to sexuality during pregnancy. What do the results of this study add? This study has revealed that sexual myths during pregnancy are common among pregnant women in Turkey and Iran, and there are similarities and differences between the countries in terms of myths. What are the implications of these findings for clinical practice and/or further research? Healthcare professionals should question pregnant women about sexuality during pregnancy, identify missing and incorrect information, and provide counselling.