Young women typically experience their peak sexual activity, with the greatest number of different partners, in their 20s. Thus it is during this period that the risk for contracting STIs is highest, and the need to practise safe sex paramount.
Having children can pose new challenges to a couple’s sexual relationship. An important aspect of this is pregnancy: many expectant parents worry that sex can be harmful to the mother or baby, but, unless the doctor has advised otherwise, sex during this time is normal – although it requires some inventiveness and care to find positions that are comfortable and pleasurable. Some women find that their sex drive increases during pregnancy, while others lose interest in sex completely. It may take some time after the birth before a woman has the energy or inclination to resume having sex, and partners need to respect this.