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Sex after C-section: How to make it safer and better?

Resuming sex after C-section requires patience, communication, and attentiveness to your body's needs. Here are some useful tips to have better sex after a caesarean.
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You can have sex after C-section but after a few weeks. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Shruti Bhattacharya Published: 21 May 2024, 18:30 pm IST
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After the joy of welcoming your newborn, C-section recovery can feel overwhelming. Between caring for your baby and adjusting to postpartum life, sex might not be a priority. However, as you recover, you may begin to wonder when it is safe again to engage in sexual intimacy post-pregnancy. So, if you are wondering when it’s best to have sex after C-section, here’s everything you need to know. Also, here are some of the useful tips you can consider for having better sex after caesarean delivery.

What is caesarean or C-section delivery?

A cesarean section (C-section) delivery is a surgical procedure in which a baby is delivered through an incision made in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. C-sections may be planned or performed as an emergency procedure if complications arise during labour or delivery that pose risks to the mother or the baby, according to a study published in the StatsPearl Journal.

When can I have sex after a C-section?

“It is advisable to wait six weeks after delivery before resuming vaginal intercourse. Again, this plan allows your C-section incision to heal while your cervix closes and returns to normal. If you have problems during or after delivery, you may have to wait up to eight or ten weeks for penetrative intercourse following a C-section. To avoid future harm, it is critical to allow the tissue to heal completely. Before restarting sexual activity, consult a healthcare professional to determine the best course of action,” says an obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Neha Khandelwal.

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You can have sex after a C-section after a few weeks. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Tips for better sex after a C-section

Here are some tips to consider if you want to have safe and comfortable sex after your C-section:

1. Take time to heal completely

It is essential to allow your body time to heal after a C-section, typically around 6-8 weeks. According to a study published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, over 50 percent of women involved in the study resumed sexual activity within 6 weeks of a C-section, and some did not. So, the recovery time may vary for each woman and you may take longer to resume having sex in comparison to other women. Take your time to heal and have sex with your partner when you are comfortable.

2. Consultation with a gynaecologist

“Before resuming sexual activity, it is advisable to consult with your gynaecologist for personalised advice. They can evaluate your situation, assess your healing progress, and provide recommendations based on your specific needs and circumstances, says the expert.

3. Regular checkups

The postpartum phase begins shortly after the baby’s birth and typically lasts six to eight weeks, ending when the mother’s body has nearly restored to its pre-pregnancy form. The postpartum time for a woman and her newborn is critical for both short and long-term health and well-being, according to a study published in the StatsPearl Journal. Many healthcare providers schedule a postpartum checkup around 6 weeks after delivery to evaluate the mother’s physical recovery and discuss any concerns or questions. This is an appropriate time to inquire about when it is safe to resume sexual activity.

4. Listen to your body

“Pay attention to how you feel physically and emotionally. If you experience pain, discomfort, or anxiety about resuming sexual activity, do not try it without asking your doctor. It is okay to wait until you feel ready. Communicate openly with your partner about your feelings and concerns,” suggests the expert.

5. Use lubrication

Due to hormonal changes during the postpartum period, some women may experience vaginal dryness, which can make sexual intercourse uncomfortable. Using a water-based lubricant can help reduce friction and discomfort, as per a study published in the Lubricants MDPI Journal.

6. Start slowly

“When you feel ready to resume sexual activity, start slowly and gently. Experiment with different positions and techniques that feel comfortable and avoid any positions or activities that cause pain or discomfort, recommends the expert.

Are there any risks of having sex after a C-section?

Resuming sex before you have recovered from a C-section can result in infection and bleeding, so consult your doctor beforehand. Sexual activity is completely safe once your C-section incision has healed. Your incision may feel quite sensitive for quite some time, which is completely normal. There is little risk of it tearing, owing to minor uterine contractions caused by an orgasm, explains the expert.

Also Read: New moms, follow these do’s and dont’s if you’ve had a C-section delivery

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There could be some risks of having sex after a C-section! Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Takeaway

It is critical to wait at least six weeks after a C-section delivery before having sex with your partner. However, it is normal if you want to wait longer. Listen to your body and consider your mental state when selecting when to have sex after a C-section. If you are having pain in or around your vaginal or C-section scar, inform your partner and your healthcare physician. If you have any worries about pain or discomfort, see your doctor to rule out infection and check that you are recovering well.

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About the Author

Shruti Bhattacharya is a content writer and editor for over 2 years. She specialises in writing on a variety of topics such as wellness, lifestyle, beauty, technology and fashion. Her current focus is on creating factually correct and informative stories for readers. ...Read More

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