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how long after giving vaginal birth until i can swim in a pool?

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Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Postpartum: Generally you are at increased risk of infection for 6 weeks postpartum and that's when i tell my patients it safe to go swimming again.

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What is the incidence of twin births?

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How can I raise my chances to have a vaginal birth?

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What time of the month do I start taking birth control?

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Your gyn should: Have told you that, if you mean bc pills , depending on the pill my patients start it on the first day of the period or you can do the sunday after your period starts but with the low dose pills like i almost always prescribe to my patients they start on teh first day of their period.
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One of the answers for rectocele treatment included the words vaginal pessary . What is this?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Supportive ring: Rectocele occurs when pelvic floor muscle lose support; rectum, usually uterus, maybe bladder sag. Pessary is a ring inserted into vagina to help keep things up and perky (kind of like a vaginal truss). This helps keep the rectum straight (as name implies), and lets it do its job of evacuating stool out, not bulge into vaginal vault.
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What is the diffrence between a tight and loose vagina?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Muscle Tone: The "tightness" of the vagina refers to the muscle tone of the surrounding walls. Things can stretch these muscles out, such as vaginal child-birth. Other things can tighten the walls, such as kegel exercises.

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