Jozef Zahumensky, Jana Sykorova, Oldrich Sottner, Barbora Zmrhalova, Jiri Vojtech, Erika Menzlova, Ian Vasicka, Monika Dvorska, Katerina Maxova, Jaromir Vlacil, Helena Hrubantova, Michael Halaska
December 16, 2010
In the majority of recent textbooks of obstetrics, a routine follow-up examination at the end of the postpartum period is recommended. To date, no studies have been done in the Czech Republic addressing use of contraception and follow-up care in the postpartum period. Questionnaires were sent to 672 participants who gave birth in the year 2008, inquiring about follow-up examinations in the postpartum period and use of contraception. In total, 458 (68.2%) questionnaires were returned. 430 women (93.9%) underwent routine examinations at 6 weeks into the postpartum period. At the time of examination, 36 women were asked about their particular health problems (8.4%). In 130 instances, the question most often addressed by the outpatient gynecologist concerned use of contraception (30.2%). However, only 34 physicians expressed concern about changes in sexual life or other sexually related problems. 426 women (93.0%) were sexually active and 310 women (72.8%) did not use any contraception with the exception of breastfeeding. The current practice of outpatient gynecological visits at 6 weeks postpartum and advice on contraception both seem inadequate.