It's no secret - for many women, the experience of having sex after having a baby can be quite different than it was before baby. It is typically recommended that women wait 6 weeks postpartum before having sex in order to minimize the risk of infection, but many women aren't aware of some of the symptoms they may experience during sex in the postpartum period even after those 6 weeks (especially from a physical standpoint - the emotional and hormonal side, well that's a whole other blog post).
A decrease in estrogen while breastfeeding in the postpartum period can cause vaginal dryness. Estrogen creams prescribed by your doctor or non-hormonal lubricants such as coconut oil can be used to help with vaginal dryness. When choosing a lubricant, be sure to avoid brands that have drying agents or harsh chemicals.
Pain During Intercourse
Painful intercourse (dyspareunia) can occur for a couple different reasons:
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
A prolapse occurs when a pelvic organ, such as the bladder or rectum protrudes into or out of the vaginal canal. Women with a prolapse can experience discomfort and/or friction with intercourse or inserting a tampon. Prolapse education and pelvic floor muscle strengthening are crucial to the management/treatment of prolapse symptoms.
Thank you to our guest blogger and Pelvic Floor Specialist Amanda!
Join us on Monday, October 2nd at our Mom & Baby Social. Amanda will be our special guest and we'll be talking about sex and the postpartum body!