Sex After Baby: How Long Should I Wait to Have Sex?

Most doctors recommend waiting 4 to 6 weeks after birth to start having sex again, but should you hold off longer? Here's what you need to know about when to get it on after having Baby.

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[MUSIC] One question that's very common is, how long should I wait to have sex after giving birth? Now, most doctors recommend between four to six weeks. After either a vaginal delivery or cesarean section and that's because you really need to give your body time to heal properly before you jump back into sex. First, give your pelvic floor time to heal. It needs to regain that tone and that strength and you can start doing pelvic floor exercises, as also known a Kegel exercises. really immediately after you've given birth. You also need to wait for the cervix to close completely after giving birth. So first, there's gonna be a little bleeding and then spotting. And then, it will close. And you really need to wait for that to happen in order to not have the risk of having infection. Now, remember, you're also gonna have a large hormone shift right after you give birth. And this can cause some people to get a little depressed, but it also causes vaginal dryness, so give yourself a chance to let your body heal and recover from that hormonal shift. And finally, let's take about lacerations. If you've had a C-section, you're going to have a surgical scar with stitches that needs time to heal. And your abdominal wall also needs to recover. If you've had a vaginal delivery, not only might you have vaginal lacerations, but you also might have an episiodomy that does require some time as well to heal properly. [MUSIC]

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