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how long after giving vaginal birth does episiotomy take to heal?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Up to 6 weeks: The superficial stitches part will heal in 7-10 days. The underneath part can take a few weeks to feel normal again.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

When is a normal time to start having sex again after giving birth?

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Dr. Richard Godt
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
6 weeks: For many years obs have always said 6 weeks. I would imagine most patients do not wait that long. With an episiotomy, we feel 6 weeks are needed for complete healing. Without an episiotomy there is no need to wait 6 weeks. The uterus takes about 6 weeks to return to normal size but this should not be a factor. With a cesarean certainly 6 weeks makes sense. In short, i would suggest 6 weeks.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to not want to have sex after giving birth?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
It is: Part of the postpartum changes you go through is a rapid change in hormones. The estrogen and Progesterone that were surging through your pregnancy suddenly drop down to normal or even low levels. So it is pretty normal to not be interested in sex. Plus your body has gone through a pretty big trauma and you need time to recover.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How soon after giving birth can one get a tubal ligation?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Not until after the : 6 week check up to make sure evertything is normal I do in office tubal steri. Starting at 8 weeks post partum, in my office by the adiana or essure method, it is easy takes 5 minutes, no cutting and I have a contract with almost all the insurnaces to do it in my office and often times just a small offcie co-pay for the pt like $30, if you doc doesn't do these u may want to find one who can.
A member asked:

Im having more then normal discharge from my vagina no color but a fishy discharge smell

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Get checked: This could represent a vaginal infection. You need to get checked out and get it treated as necessary.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can anybody tell me how well the rhythm method works as a birth control?

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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Not very reliable: Using the rhythm method effectively depends upon absolutely regular and predictable cycles (not common) and considerable self-discipline. Since your sexual desire or libido increases when you are most fertile and this is exactly the time you have to avoid with the rhythm method, it tends not to work out well.

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