How soon can you have sex after giving birth, and how can you make it fun? Find out!
Are you really supposed to have sex 6 weeks after delivery? And what if you don't want to? I'm Dr. Logan Levkoff, and this is what you need to know about sex after delivery. Your doctor may give you the 6-week okay, but you may not be ready to have sex yet or maybe you can't wait to jampack in the saddle. Both feelings are just fine and very normal, but you need to talk to your partner about sex after baby, and your partner should be hearing this information from the doctor, too. He needs to know what to expect. He needs to know that you might be nervous. He might be nervous about hurting you. And if you're breastfeeding, it can affect vaginal lubrication. Whatever the case may be, and even if you are really ready to have sex again, you're gonna have to take it slow. You're going to need lots of foreplay and you're going to need lube. Lube will be your best friend. Sex feels different after delivery, especially if you've had a vaginal birth, and especially if you've had an episiotomy. You may still be sore. And if we have any anxiety about potential pain, our bodies will tense up and definitely have an impact on our ability to feel pleasure. And if you're worried about vaginal stretching, if you're afraid that your vagina won't go back to the way it was, remember, the vagina is an amazing organ. Whether you have sex after the 6-week mark or wait a bit longer, one thing is certain, take it slow, enjoy yourself, and check in with your partner. Make sure you let him know how you're feeling.