Sexual positions and sexual satisfaction of pregnant women

J Sex Marital Ther. 2010;36(5):408-20. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2010.510776.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the sexual positions and sexual satisfaction of women during pregnancy. The authors sampled pregnant women (N = 215) from outpatients registered at the antepartum clinic of a medical center in northern Taiwan. The authors gathered data on recent sexual satisfaction, general sexual satisfaction, and sexual position using a self-report, structured questionnaire. The results showed that coital frequency decreased from the first to third trimester (p < .05). The most common sexual position for pregnant women (67.6%) was man on top, face-to-face. Sexual position did not change significantly by trimester. More women with more sexual satisfaction than women with poor sexual satisfaction tended to adopt the woman-on-top, face-to-face, and abdominal-supportive sexual positions.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Coitus / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Posture
  • Pregnancy / psychology*
  • Pregnancy Trimesters
  • Self Concept*
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data
  • Sexual Partners / psychology*
  • Spouses / psychology*
  • Spouses / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Taiwan / epidemiology
  • Women's Health
  • Young Adult