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Giving birth will likely affect your sex life

Your body goes through a lot during pregnancy and giving birth. When you are once again ready to be intimate, it’s important to be aware of some of the physical changes you may experience. These can occur with a traditional delivery or a cesarean.

Birth can result in a vaginal tear, or your physician may have performed an episiotomy to accommodate your child’s delivery. In either case, it takes your body a while to heal from the trauma. As a result, your vagina may become more sensitive and sex might not feel the same. You can overcome this by taking your time when preparing to engage in post-delivery intercourse. Take it slow and ensure that you have adequate lubrication.

Vaginal dryness is common post-delivery, especially if a woman is breastfeeding. Sufficient lubrication is essential to avoid painful intercourse. It is advisable to use a silicone-based personal lubricant such as liquid silk or try olive oil if you want a natural alternative.

Post-delivery intercourse resulting in continued pain may require you to see a pelvic physical floor therapist (yes, there are experts who specialize in this very issue) who can help you work on those painful areas.

If you continue to experience problems, make plans to see your gynecologist.

– Dr. Sara Swift
Dr. Sara Swift, MD, is a female doctor specializing in OB/GYN, Obstetrics, Robotic Surgery Gynecological, Infertility, and Gynecology.