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Resources to support sexual health in #SHW21

18th September 2021

In support of Sexual Health Week 2021 #SHW21 (14-19 September 2021), iHV publishes updated Parent Tips (PT) and Good Practice Points (GPP) and also reshares its recently published Interactive Parent Leaflet for Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Interactive Parent Leaflet for Sexual and Reproductive Health

This interactive leaflet will help parents think about having a baby and any questions they may have.

PT – Sex and intimacy: understanding changes to your sexual wellbeing following the birth of your baby

Having a baby is a major change in any couple’s relationship, with many parents feeling less happy in their relationship after the birth of a baby. This isn’t surprising, as a new baby means less sleep, extra work and less time for each other.

We know that this can lead to changes in a couple’s sex life, with one third of couples continuing to experience sexual difficulties up to four years after birth. Sex and intimacy is one of the issues that parents argue about after they have a new baby, but it is also one of the areas that gets talked about the least.

These parent top tips bring together a collection of evidence-based tips that new parents can put into practice today.

GPP – Talking with parents/carers about their sexual wellbeing

These Good Practice Points set out what health visitors need to know on talking with new parents/carers about their sexual wellbeing after having a baby.

Having a baby is usually a happy event, but it’s also a major transition for parents/carers, leading to changes in lifestyle and putting an understandable strain on the couple relationship.



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