How to Enjoy Sex After a C-Section

The following are some things you need to know before enjoying sexual activity after a cesarean birth:

1) Tightening of the ligaments and muscles around the uterus (womb), or placenta, will cause pain during sexual activities.

You may experience burning sensations, cramping, bleeding or even blood clots in your legs. These problems could lead to infections such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

2) If you have had a previous cesarean, you may not feel any pain when having sexual activity.

However, if you don’t have a prior cesarean, then there is always the risk of experiencing pain during sexual activity.

3) Some women experience vaginal tearing after childbirth.

This tear can occur at any time after birth and is usually temporary. It occurs because the tissues surrounding the uterus are stretched out from childbirth.

4) There is no way to predict whether or not you will experience pain during sexual activity.

Pain can occur anywhere along the pregnancy process.

5) Many women do not experience any discomfort with sexual activity after their first baby is born.

They may notice some mild swelling in the lower abdomen and they may find it easier to walk around without getting tired quickly. This is normal and does not necessarily indicate that you are experiencing a medical condition.

6) If you are trying to get pregnant, it would be best to avoid sexual activity during your most fertile time of the month.

7) It is much safer to use birth control after birth.

There is always a risk of getting pregnant, even when using protection. Always use protection, unless you are sure that you are not fertile.

8) If you follow all of the above instructions, then you will be able to enjoy intimate moments with your partner after childbirth.

How to Enjoy Intimate Moments After Childbirth

If you are ready to engage in sexual activity after giving birth the first time, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. While some women are up for this challenge, others are not quite ready for it.

The most important thing to remember is that no matter what your feelings are on the subject, your partner might have some strong feelings on the matter. If you’re not quite ready for intimate moments after childbirth, it’s important that you discuss this openly and honestly with your partner. Sometimes, it’s better to be patient than to risk a damaged relationship over something that may or may not happen in the future.

Why is it Important to Discuss Intimate Moments After Childbirth?

For many women, intimacy and sexuality are closely tied to their self esteem. We all want to feel attractive, sensual and desirable. Although some women don’t have a problem with this after childbirth, others can experience a drop in self esteem. If this sounds at all like you, it may be even more important to discuss intimate moments after childbirth with your partner. Your partner wants you to feel good about yourself, and if you’re feeling insecure, this is something that can be overcome with time and patience. If your partner truly loves you, he or she will be willing to wait until after you’ve had time to heal emotionally as well as physically.

Why is it Important to Wait?

Although many new mothers may physically be ready for intimacy after childbirth, there are still some risks that must be taken into consideration. For one thing, you are at a higher risk of getting an STD after giving birth. It is very important that you and your partner get tested before engaging in intimate contact. You may also be more likely to get pregnant again soon after childbirth. This can lead to complications if you’re not ready for another baby.

How Can I be Ready if I’m Still Struggling with Body Image?

As you probably already know, it may take some time before you feel comfortable with the changes your body has experienced after childbirth. Some women never feel comfortable with their bodies after they’ve given birth. If this sounds like you, it can help to talk to a professional about your concerns. A counselor or therapist can help you to overcome feelings of insecurity and they can also help you to accept the changes that your body has experienced. Your partner loves you as you are and once you learn to accept yourself, your partner will be able to accept you as well.

How Can I Get Tested?

Even if you feel ready for intimacy after childbirth, it’s important that you get tested before having any contact with your partner. There are many sexually transmitted diseases that can be contracted after giving birth, and it is important that you know your status before taking any risks. The first step is to contact your doctor and ask for a referral to a gynecologist or women’s health specialist in your area. The specialist can perform the medical tests necessary to determine if you have any sexually transmitted diseases. Once you know your status, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about when (or if) the time is right for you and your partner.

What If I’m Already Having Intimate Moments?

If you’re already having intimate moments with your partner and aren’t using protection, it’s important that you get tested immediately. Go back to your doctor and explain your situation. It’s possible that they can test you right away to see if you have any STDs. Whatever you do, don’t have unprotected contact with your partner until you both get tested and know that neither of you have any diseases.

It’s important to remember that intimacy after childbirth is natural and can be very satisfying for both partners. You just need to keep the risk factors in mind and make sure you’re doing what’s right for you.

Birth Control

It’s important to talk to your doctor before deciding on a birth control method. Many women assume that they can’t get pregnant right away and choose a less effective form of birth control right after having a baby.

This can lead to an accidental pregnancy, especially if you aren’t ready.

Options like the IUD need to be inserted by a medical professional and therefore require an office visit. The shot also needs to be administered by a medical professional.

These options probably aren’t the best if you want to get started right away.

The pill, patch, and ring all require a prescription and can take up to a month to become effective, so they also aren’t a great choice for women who are looking to get started quickly.

Of the options that are available immediately, the best choices include male condoms, the sponge, and fertility awareness methods (checking your cervical mucus and basing your calendar around your menstrual cycle). All of these methods are available for you to use immediately and don’t require a prescription.

Barrier Methods of Birth Control

Male Condoms

The male latex condoms are easily available over the counter and start working to prevent pregnancy immediately after application. Male condoms are widely recommended by doctors and public health officials as an effective way of preventing both pregnancy and the transmission of STDs.

Condoms are probably the best known birth control device available to men. Most men report a decrease in sensation during use, but this is usually not a major complaint.

Female Condoms

The female condoms are thicker than the male condoms and provide an extra layer of protection against pregnancy and STDs. The female condoms are more expensive than male condoms, but they are just as readily available at most drug stores.

The Sponge

The contraceptive sponge is a soft, yellow disc that is soaked in a chemical called sodium polyacrylate. This chemical is also what superabsorbent diapers are made of.

The sponge fits into the female genitalia and prevents any direct contact between the genitals and the pen*s. Sperm cannot pass through the sponge, so it acts as a barrier.

The sponge is moistened with water before insertion to help it expand to its full size. After 8 hours it should be removed by squeezing the sides and pulling it out.

The woman should use a backup method such as a male or female condoms for the next 48 hours, as the chemical that makes the sponge swell can sometimes make women susceptible to vaginal irritation.

The Sponge is somewhat inefficient at preventing pregnancy, and its effectivity decreases if it becomes dry. It is also less effective at preventing the spread of STDs.

The Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) involve tracking a woman’s cycle to predict when she will be fertile and avoiding unprotected penetrative vaginal contact during that time. The most well-known version of FAM is called the Billings Method, which involves monitoring cervical mucus and the position of the cervix.

There are a few minor medical studies that have shown it to be more effective than the birth control pill at preventing pregnancy. The biggest disadvantage is that it is difficult for many people (especially men) to understand and use properly.

The Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are small devices that are inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are two types available in the U.S., the hormonal (Mirena) IUD and the copper (Paragard) IUD.

Both are highly effective, with the Mirena being somewhat more effective.

The IUDs do not prevent the spread of STDs, so a separate form of protection must be used for that purpose. They can be removed at any time, and because they operate locally they have no effect whatsoever on the rest of the body.

Hormonal IUDs are a relatively new introduction to the U.S.

market, and for this reason they have some of the same side effects as the birth control pill (weight gain, nausea, mood swings). Also, they can make periods heavier and longer for the first 6 months after insertion.

Copper IUDs are essentially “set and forget.” They do not have any effect on your body except to prevent pregnancy.

They are the most effective form of birth control available to women in the U.S.

There are some health conditions that make certain types of birth control inappropriate, so consult a physician if you have any doubts.

I don’t like carrying around a bunch of condoms with me, and besides how am I supposed to know how to use them without ripping them?

First, practice your technique. Open the package, take out a rubber, unroll it, etc. Also keep them in a place where you can easily get to them like in your nightstand or wallet.

Second, some packaging is better than others. For instance Durex’s ” wrappers” are more forgiving than others (such as latex gloves), so if you anticipate that your skills aren’t perfect, go with the brand that has the most forgiving packaging.

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