Exactly when is it safe to have sex after C-Section surgery?
Six weeks is the recommended waiting time by most doctors and the ACOG. This is approximately when your lochia bleeding stops and your body returns to its normal, ‘healed‘ state.
Some doctors may be more conservative recommending as long as 8 weeks before having sex.
Do You Absolutely have to wait 6 weeks to have sex after C-Section Surgery?
Yes. However there are many women that don’t. In face some women have sex as soon as one week or even a few days after having their C-Section.
Does that mean it’s OK to risk it and have sex after C-Section sooner?
I don’t encourage that and here’s why…
When you give birth the placenta detaches from the uterus, this leaves a wound which why you bleed after childbirth. Sex too soon after a C-Section, or even a vaginal birth for that matter, can cause an internal infection, internal damage, hemorrhage or all of the above. This can complicate or even delay your recovery.
Additionally your cervix needs time to heal and close. During this healing time you should avoid putting anything in your vagina, otherwise you put yourself at risk of infection.
C-Section moms are even more at risk because you have both an internal and external incision. Having sex or even using tampons prior to a complete healing could cause injury to your internal incision which can introduce a serious infection.
Another side affect of having sex too soon is that it can be painful.
Many women are puzzled as to why sex is painful after a C-Section, after all C-Section babies don’t pass through the birth canal; and you don’t have an episiotomy, so why is it painful?
Your muscles and ligaments were pulled and stretched during your C-Section procedure. That pulling and stretching affected your vaginal area. If the area is still weak and healing the movement and agitation that occurs during sex can be painful.
Tip: If you’ve waited at least six weeks or more to have sex after C-Section surgery and you still feel pain or discomfort during sex, pelvic core exercise is a good way to condition and strengthen your pelvic area, making sex a lot less painful.
If you think you feel OK enough to resume sex before six weeks just be aware of the risks.
For your own health and safety and more enjoyment of the sexual experience both physically and emotionally, it’s safer to wait at least six weeks or until your doctor gives you the OK. Healing after a C-Section takes long enough, why prolong it by taking unnecessary risks and having sex too soon?
Also don’t forget your emotional well being. If your hormones haven’t yet normalized and your physical healing is not yet completed, attempting intercourse too early can have negative emotional effects on your relationship.
If you or your partner have the urge to resume sexual activity before it’s safe, consider creative ways to be intimate without having intercourse. These are ways you can share your intimate moments that are physically comfortable and safer while you heal and can even be more enjoyable 🙂
Please comment below and tell us how soon you first had sex after your C-Section and what your experience was.
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