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SEXBRSTFD (V609)
Alright to have sex while breastfeeding

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Description

SEXBRSTFD (V609) indicates whether the woman thinks mothers should wait until they have stopped breastfeeding before resuming sexual relations after the birth of a child.

Comparability

Apart from universe differences across phases (see below), SEXBRSTFD (V609) is largely comparable across samples. Most commonly, the question was worded as "Should a mother wait until she has completely stopped breastfeeding before starting to have sexual relations again, or doesn't it matter?" or some slight variation. In addition to the standard response options of "Wait" and "Doesn't matter," some surveys also included a "Don't know" option.

Comparability - Standard DHS

SEXBRSTFD (V609) is included in the standard DHS questionnaire for Phases I and II. In Phase I samples, only women who were currently married were included, while in Phase II, the base universe expanded to include all interviewed women.

Universe

  • Burkina Faso 1993: All women age 15-49.
  • Burundi 1987: Currently-married women age 15-49.
  • Cameroon 1991: Women age 15-49 who are not sterilized and whose partner is not sterilized.
  • Cote d'Ivoire 1994: All women age 15-49.
  • Ghana 1988: Currently-married women age 15-49.
  • Ghana 1993: All women age 15-49.
  • Kenya 1989: Currently-married women age 15-49.
  • Kenya 1993: All women age 15-49.
  • Madagascar 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Malawi 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Mali 1987: Currently-married women age 15-49.
  • Namibia 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Niger 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Nigeria 1990: All women age 15-49.
  • Pakistan 1991: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Rwanda 1992: Women age 15-49 who are not sterilized and whose partner is not sterilized.
  • Senegal 1986: All women age 15-49.
  • Senegal 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Senegal 1997: All women age 15-49.
  • Tanzania 1991: All women age 15-49.
  • Uganda 1988: Currently-married women age 15-49.
  • Zambia 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Burkina Faso: 1993-W, 1993-C, 1993-B
  • Burundi: 1987-C, 1987-B, 1987-W
  • Cameroon: 1991-W, 1991-C, 1991-B
  • Cote d'Ivoire: 1994-W, 1994-C, 1994-B
  • Ghana: 1988-W, 1988-C, 1988-B, 1993-W, 1993-C, 1993-B
  • Kenya: 1989-W, 1989-C, 1989-B, 1993-W, 1993-C, 1993-B
  • Madagascar: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Malawi: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Mali: 1987-W, 1987-C, 1987-B
  • Namibia: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Niger: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Nigeria: 1990-W, 1990-C, 1990-B
  • Pakistan: 1991-W, 1991-C, 1991-B
  • Rwanda: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Senegal: 1986-B, 1986-W, 1986-C, 1992-B, 1992-W, 1992-C, 1997-B, 1997-W, 1997-C
  • Tanzania: 1991-B, 1991-W, 1991-C
  • Uganda: 1988-B, 1988-W, 1988-C
  • Zambia: 1992-B, 1992-W, 1992-C