When is it Safe to Have Sex After Giving Birth?

Physicians often recommend that couples wait at least 4 to 6 weeks after delivery to have intercourse. This allows time for your cervix to close and any tears or lacerations to heal. Whether you give birth vaginally or via C-section, your body will still need time to recuperate.

Stress, exhaustion, and adjusting to parenthood can all take a toll on your sex drive. Communicate with your partner and set realistic expectations. You may be ready for sex in a few weeks or a few months, but the most important factor is whether you feel ready mentally and physically.

When you decide that the time is right, it’s important to take it slow. Hormonal changes can leave your vagina dry, especially when breastfeeding, so make sure that you are prepared.

Postnatal care is an important step for both you and your new child. New mothers should always schedule a postnatal checkup for approximately 6 weeks after delivery. The postnatal appointment is the perfect opportunity to consult with your Pacific Women’s Center physician about your sex life after delivery.

If you are a new mother and have questions about sex after delivery, give Pacific Women’s Center a call at 541-342-8616 today to schedule an appointment.