Exactly when is it safe to have sex after C-Section?
Six weeks is the recommended waiting time by most doctors or 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.
Do You Absolutely have to wait 6 weeks to have sex after your C-Section?
Many women don’t.
In fact there are women who have had sex as soon as one week after having their C-Section.
Does this mean it’s OK to risk it and have sex sooner?
I don’t encourage that.
Sex too soon can cause an internal infection and/or heavy bleeding that will delay your recovery.
But even more serious than that you could cause internal damage meaning an additional hospital stay.
What are the risks of having sex too soon after a C-Section?
Doctors are especially concerned that having sex too soon after your C-Section could result in an internal infection or hemorrhage.
The reason for this is that when you give birth, the placenta detaches from the uterus, this leaves a wound which is part of the reason why you bleed after childbirth. Having sex too soon could cause an infection or further injury and internal bleeding.
You also have an internal uterine incision as well. Having sex or even using tampons prior to a complete healing could cause injury to your internal incision and introduce a serious infection.
Painful Sex After Your C-Section
Sex too soon can also be painful to the vaginal area.
This might not make sense since C-Section babies don’t pass through the birth canal, so why would having sex be 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 will cause pain.
Tip: If you’ve waited at least six weeks or more after your C-Section and you still feel pain or discomfort during sex, post c-section recovery exercise is a good way to condition and strengthen your pelvic area, making sex less painful.
If you think you feel OK enough to resume sex before six weeks beware 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 can take long enough, why prolong it by taking unnecessary risks and having sex too soon?
Your emotional well being also plays a significant role in resuming sexual relations.
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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