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A 37-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
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.
Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 42 years experience
Birth restrictions: Most mothers are told to wait before having sex for 4-6 weeks. Most doctors know that sex happens long before this. Refrain if you have pain with intercourse, have a healing tear, or are still having bleeding. The risk of complications is reduced when changes from birth are healed, returned back to normal.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 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.
Last updated Jan 14, 2018

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