Giving birth to a child is not a simple thing. Various changes occur in your body that may take some time for you to recover. The female reproductive system goes through many changes and needs time to get back to normal. Delivery can cause your vaginal tissues to become thin, which makes it painful to have sex.
After delivery, there are so many changes in your hormones that it can reduce libido, making it difficult to have sex, especially if you keep breastfeeding your child.
In short, you need to give your body an ample amount of time to recover so that it does not get injured. There is no such time for a person to recover fully after delivery to have sex.
According to experts, you need to wait for almost 4 to 6 weeks to resume your sex life after vaginal delivery. However, you need to wait over four to six weeks if you have got an episiotomy or a vaginal tear.
Episiotomy is an incision made in the vaginal canal to widen it so that the baby can come out with ease.
Do not rush to have sex after the birth of a child because it can hurt your vagina and the reproductive system if it has not healed completely.
Once your health care provider has given you the green signal to resume your sex life, you need to keep in mind that you will have less amount of sleep than usual, new family members in your life, and other duties. Therefore take things slowly and do not rush in resuming your sex life.
How Does A Baby Birth Affect Your Sex Life?
Sex after delivery may feel different compared to that of before. However, you may feel better as time progresses. Common problems associated with sex after delivery are:
- Vagina becomes dry
- The vaginal tissue becomes thin
- Vaginal tissue loses its elasticity.
- Pain and soreness in the vaginal tissue that exacerbates upon sex.
- Low libido
Your hormones play a major role in causing different effects post-delivery. Right after delivery, your estrogen level falls to the pre-pregnancy level. They may sink lower if you keep breastfeeding your child.
A drop in estrogen level can lead to vaginal dryness and thinning of vagina tissue, making it more difficult to have sex. Estrogen helps in the natural lubrication of the vagina. When its level is low, the lubrication is not there. Therefore, sex becomes painful for women.
If you keep having sex with no lubrication, it can lead to bleeding and soreness which can, in turn, lead to infection of the vagina.
If you have had a cesarean section, you need to make sure that your incision has healed fully. Otherwise, it may get hurt. You need to make sure that the wound has healed fully. Otherwise, the stitches may get open, and the risk of infection increases many times.
Tips For Pleasureful Sex After Baby Birth
Tips that can lead to healthy sex after delivery of a baby are:
- Do not rush in resuming your sex life. Once your doctor has given you a green signal to restart sex life. Wait and do not rush right back to pre-pregnancy activities.
- Increase the time of foreplay. When you get enough time for foreplay, your body can produce lubrication normally in the vagina, which can, in turn, help in having pleasure full sex.
- Use any lubricant in the vagina that can help prevent dryness. However, it cannot substitute the effect of hormones but can help.