The husbands/fathers always have this question for doctors. Mothers/wives don’t care much because they are just recovering from the demanding process of birth. So, when can sex begin after birth?
If you’re a woman who has just given birth, you should know that doctors recommend four to six weeks after VAGINAL delivery. After delivery, the vaginal tissues are thinner and more sensitive. The vagina, uterus, and cervix are bigger and need to return to their normal size. Moreover, it all depends on your body and how you gave birth. Recovery may be faster with a CS than vaginal delivery. Now, if you had an episiotomy, chances are you’ll wait even longer. So, it’s all about you, and when you’re ready.
What Is Sex Like After Delivery?
Sex after delivery almost always comes with its challenges. The good news is that they also tend to go away as the months go by. Women’s common issues include vaginal dryness, loss of elasticity, perineal tear, pain, bleeding, low libido, and fatigue.
All of these are caused by hormonal changes during and after pregnancy. Estrogen is mainly responsible for vaginal lubrication, and it may dip when a woman is breastfeeding. Dry vaginal tissue brings about pain and bleeding during sex.
As for bleeding, most of it is normal. The uterus is healing, and bleeding is expected in the first few days to weeks after delivery. The dry and sensitive vagina doesn’t help matters either. However, if the bleeding lasts beyond four weeks, you should see your doctor.
Sexual libido also takes a dip. Many women don’t feel any urges for weeks after birth, especially if they are breastfeeding. However, it gets much better in six weeks for most cases.
How To Make Sex After Birth Easy?
Take your time. That’s the most critical piece of advice. Ensure your partner understands. Have them talk to a doctor if necessary so that this does not cause any problems in the home. When you’re ready, have some lubricant handy. Foreplay needs to be quite extended for lubrication. Also, try to practice Kegels. They help.
In all, do it only when you’re comfortable with it.