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Pregnancy, Penile-anal Sex, and Other Sexual Behaviors in the United States, 2011–2015

Leichliter, Jami S. PhD; Aral, Sevgi O. PhD

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: March 2019 - Volume 46 - Issue 3 - p e29–e31
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000927

We used the US national survey data to examine sexual behavior by pregnancy status and found that, overall, pregnant women did not differ from nonpregnant women in penile-anal sex and associated condom use. Compared with nonpregnant women, pregnant women had lower or similar reports of other sexual behaviors.

Overall, in the United States, pregnant women did not differ from postpartum and other women in reported recent penile-anal sex.

From the Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Conflicts of Interest and Sources of Funding: None declared.

The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Correspondence: Jami Leichliter, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, Mailstop E-02, Atlanta, GA 30329. E-mail:

Received for publication August 28, 2018, and accepted October 7, 2018.

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