Sex After Childbirth
Having a baby brings many changes, including changes to your sex life. Your new child will demand a lot of your attention and care, leaving you exhausted. You may be sore due to the physical demands of labor and delivery. Hormonal fluctuations after childbirth and during breastfeeding may lessen your desire for sex, and urinary incontinence (leakage), which can occur after childbirth but tends to lessen over time, may make you feel inhibited about having sex. Your altered body shape can also lessen your desire for intimate relations.Don’t worry, you and your partner will adjust. In the meantime, here are some tips for resuming sex after childbirth:
- Ease back into your sex life. Most women have healed from a vaginal delivery by four to six weeks postpartum. Each woman is different, though, so if you’re not ready for intercourse, try kissing, cuddling, oral sex, and other forms of sexual expression to help you and your partner feel intimate again.
- Be open to your partner’s overtures. Oftentimes, women may not feel like having sex until after they’ve begun kissing and being caressed. So give your partner the benefit of the doubt and see where his or her overtures take you!
- Use appropriate birth control. Even if you’re breastfeeding, you are vulnerable to pregnancy. The shorter the interval between pregnancies, the greater the risk of complications for mother and baby. More than 18 months between children is typically advised.
- Help your vagina spring back into shape with at-home vaginal rejuvenation. Although the vagina is designed to expand and contract to allow a baby to pass through it, childbirth can weaken and stretch out the vaginal muscles. The more babies you have and the bigger they are, the more likely you’ll end up with a “loose vagina.” This lack of muscle tone and lessened friction between the penis and the vagina can lead to reduced sensation during intercourse for both you and your partner.
A vaginal delivery can also damage the pelvic floor and surrounding muscles, ligaments, organs, and nerves. A larger baby, a longer labor and delivery, an awkward position of the baby in the birth canal (for instance, feet first instead of head first), or the use of episiotomy or forceps to help get the baby out all increase the risk of damage to the pelvic floor. This can lead to a leaky bladder or bowel (urinary or bowel incontinence) soon after birth or later in life.
Use of a new device called vSculpt can help to restore, tone, and strengthen your vagina and pelvic floor. This innovative device is a safe, effective, comfortable, and convenient therapy that you use in your own home.
In an independent study, within 45 days participants noticed:
- improved vaginal tightness
- stronger pelvic muscles
- more vaginal hydration
- less urinary incontinence/leakage
- greater sensitivity and less discomfort during sexual intercourse, and
- increased sense of confidence during sexual intercourse.