How Long Should I Wait to Have Sex After Childbirth?
Question:After giving birth, how long should the woman wait before having intercourse?
Most health care providers suggest that a woman hold off sex at least six weeks after delivery – until any bleeding has stopped and she has no pain or discomfort. Cessation of bleeding typically means the cervix has closed. Engaging in sex when the cervix is still somewhat dilated can allow bacteria to enter the uterus and increase the chance of introducing infection.
There are also some other factors to consider: Any tears or episiotomies should be fully healed before a woman resumes intercourse. And if she had caesarean section (C-section), her incision also needs at least six weeks to fully heal. If she had a high-risk pregnancy, a very difficult delivery, or complications during recovery, the doctor may even recommend waiting eight to 12 weeks postpartum.
Also, it's normal to experience soreness during your the first post-baby intimacy. That's because most women – particularly those who are breastfeeding – have vaginal dryness due to fluctuating hormone levels. Use a lubricant or talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for a vaginal estrogen cream until things get back to normal.
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