Postdelivery hormonal changes may make vaginal tissue thinner and more sensitive. However, most doctors recommend women wait four to six weeks following a vaginal delivery. After your doctor has given you the all clear to resume sexual activities, you may still need to take things slowly. You may also need to wait longer if you have a perineal tear or episiotomy. An episiotomy is a surgical cut to widen the vaginal canal.
When can I have sex after being pregnant?
Intimacy and sex after baby and birth | Raising Children Network
I f you've just had a baby, restarting your sex life may not be a priority. You'll be sore, not to mention exhausted. If you've had a caesarean section your wound will hurt. Doctors and midwives have generally advised waiting until the six-week postnatal check. Women used to be given vaginal examinations at this point to assess healing but research showed the practice was not useful most were fine and it was abandoned. Studies in the s showed an earlier return to sex, with many women even those who had episiotomies having vaginal sex after two to four weeks. A paper in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in remarked that while women who had had stitches experienced some bleeding and discomfort they "do not experience important harm".
What to Expect from Sex After Giving Birth
Sex and intimacy is often tough for new parents — less time, tiredness, hormonal changes and worries about contraception can make it tricky. But if you and your partner have different levels of sexual desire, this can add some stress to your relationship. But you will heal and your interest in sex will return. Some mums find that they feel sensual and sexual when breastfeeding their baby.
While your doctor will likely give you the green light for intercourse four to six weeks after childbirth, that doesn't mean your post-pregnancy sex life will snap back to what it was before the arrival of your baby. Read on for six common sex-after-pregnancy problems and the tips you need to get back in your groove. Even if it's been six weeks since you gave birth, your C-section wound has mostly healed, and you're no longer sore, you may still not want to have sex.