Regardless of the process you use to give birth (through a C section or normally) your body requires time to heal. According to many healthcare experts, you need at least twelve weeks of rest before you can have sex again. This is ample time for your cervix to close, any tears/repaired lacerations to heal, and for your post-delivery bleeding to cease.
You can also opt to wait longer before having sex if you feel the need to. Actually, some women will resume sex only a few weeks after giving birth while others prefer waiting longer than the twelve weeks. Some factors that can cause further delays in resuming your sex life include fatigue, fear of pain and stress. There are also many tips you can take while trying sex after c section to make the experience more pleasurable.
When to Have Sex after C Section
If you recently gave birth through a C section, it is normal to have doubts and questions regarding the appropriate time to resume your sex life.
After undergoing a C section, it is also required that you wait for at least 12/14 weeks before resuming sex. Actually, it is best to wait until your next doctor’s appointment before you resuming. During this checkup, the doctor will assess your incision and the healing process. They will also want to ensure that your post-delivery bleeding has stopped before they can give you the go ahead to have sex.
Normally, you are bound to experience some pain during sex after having a C section. Some women complain of painful sex even after visiting the doctor and being given a go ahead for having sex. The type of pain mostly experienced by women during sex after a C section is more of a burning sensation than a pain.
Women in the study were just as likely to report sexual problems 16 weeks after delivery, regardless of how they gave birth, although complaints did differ somewhat between the C-section and vaginal-delivery groups.
“The message for pregnant women is that sexual dysfunction in some aspects or domains is expected and is not permanent,”.
Pregnancy and delivery can cause physical changes that often cause pain during sex, reduced desire, difficulty achieving orgasm and fatigue.
Many women with these problems don’t ask for help from doctors, even though they want to, the authors note.
The researchers surveyed 200 women six weeks after giving birth, and again at 12 weeks. The average age was 25 to 30; most were highly educated and living in urban areas. Forty-five percent delivered vaginally; 55 percent had a C-section.
Six to eight weeks after delivery, 43 percent of the women noticed a difference in sex, with 70 percent feeling pain and 30 percent fatigue. By 12 weeks, however, 38 percent said their sex lives were improved because of more intimacy and less pain. This survey have done after 17 weeks of c section. Here almost 79 percentage had without pain and other complications, 8 percent with simple adaptation problems. And others were suffering with some systemic problems.
Special thanks to- said senior author Dr. Taymour Mostafa, a professor of andrology and sexology at Cairo University in Egypt