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After about 9 months of reduced sexual activity during pregnancy, a couple may be ready to resume intercourse shortly after the birth of the baby. A couple should generally avoid sexual intercourse in the 4—6 weeks following vaginal or cesarean delivery. However, speak to a healthcare provider before resuming sexual activity. If a woman has had a cesarean delivery, a perineal tear, or episiotomy, a medical professional will likely recommend that a couple waits until the 6-week postpartum visit before resuming sexual activity. Having intercourse too early, especially within the first 2 weeks, increases the risk of postpartum hemorrhage or uterine infection. Several factors determine whether someone is ready to resume sexual intercourse following the birth of an infant, including:. In this article, we review when it is safe to have sex again following the birth of a baby, how it will feel, and which types of contraception to use. While some couples might be eager to have sex as soon as possible, intercourse can feel markedly different for the first few months after pregnancy. Due to low levels of circulating estrogen during the postpartum period, many women experience vaginal dryness.
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. Returning to sex too soon may increase your risk of complications, such as postpartum hemorrhage and uterine infection.
Sex after pregnancy might be the last thing on your mind. Understand what to expect and how to renew intimacy with your partner. Sex after pregnancy happens. First, however, vaginal soreness and exhaustion might take a toll. Whether you're in the mood or you feel as though intimacy is the last thing on your mind, here's what you need to know about sex after pregnancy. While there's no required waiting period before you can have sex again, many health care providers recommend waiting to have sex until four to six weeks after delivery, regardless of the delivery method. The risk of having a complication after delivery is highest during the first two weeks after delivery. But waiting will also give your body time to heal. In addition to postpartum discharge and vaginal tears, you might experience fatigue, vaginal dryness, pain and low sexual desire.