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Life - Love & Relationships Updated: July 18, 2023

Five Reasons Couples Should Abstain From Sexual Intimacy After Childbirth

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
July 18, 2023
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While there is no mandatory waiting period before having intercourse after childbirth, many healthcare practitioners advocate waiting four to six weeks after childbirth regardless of the delivery method.

Waiting will allow the wife's body to recuperate as in addition to postpartum discharge and vaginal tears, a new mother may suffer exhaustion, vaginal dryness, soreness, and decreased sexual desire. 

If your wife experienced a vaginal rip following childbirth that required surgical repair, you may need to wait longer before engaging in sexual intercourse. 

Hormonal changes might leave your wife's vagina dry and tender, especially if you're breastfeeding. 

As a wife who just delivered a baby, you might experience some pain during sex if you're healing from an episiotomy or perineal tears.

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If it becomes imperative that couples want to have sex immediately after the wife gives birth, then to ease discomfort during the sex, the couple should consider the following: 

Seek pain relief: Take pain-relieving steps beforehand, such as emptying your bladder, taking a warm bath or taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. 

Use lubricant: If you have vaginal dryness, this can be beneficial.

Experiment with various forms of intercourse including vaginal intercourse, such as massage, oral sex, or mutual masturbation. 

Tell your lover what makes you happy and what doesn't.

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Make time: Schedule sex when you are not exhausted or nervous.

The decision to abstain from sexual intimacy after childbirth should be based on open conversation, mutual consent, and the physical and emotional well-being of both couples.

It is also crucial to remember that every couple's path and desire is different. 

This listicle will examine couples' time considerations for having sexual intercourse after the wife gives birth. 


1. The Couple's Communication and Commitment to Patience

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During this transitional stage, open communication between spouses is essential. 

Every individual may have unique wants, worries, and expectations. 

To make sure that both parties feel comfortable and supported, honesty, understanding, and patience are essential. 

It can be easier to forge a strong link and provide the groundwork for a fulfilling and healthy sexual relationship by freely discussing desires, worries, and any physical or mental pain.


2. The Couple's Emotional Readiness

A critical factor to take into account is emotional preparedness. 

The couple may go through a range of emotions during the postpartum time, which can be difficult. 

If you have any worries, apprehensions, or qualms about starting sexual intimacy again, it's crucial to talk about them freely and honestly. 

Before couples who just welcome a new baby to their world engage in sexual activity, emotional bonding and building a sense of comfort and trust are essential. 


3. The Wife's Physical Healing and Recuperation

The mother's physical rehabilitation and recuperation should be a key factor. 

Throughout pregnancy and childbirth, the body goes through considerable changes. 

Health professionals claim that incisions from caesarean sections, episiotomies, or vaginal rips take time to heal. 

Before engaging in sexual activity, it is typically advised to wait until any discomfort, pain, or bleeding has stopped. 

Depending on the circumstances of each patient, healthcare experts may offer specific advice.

 

4. Sleep Deprivation, Fatigue

Both parents may experience sleep loss as a result of the physical and mental exhaustion that comes with caring for a newborn. 

Sleep deprivation and exhaustion can affect sexual desire and performance. 

Prioritising relaxation and sleep is crucial during the early parenting years. 

Couples should talk about and strike a balance that makes them feel both physically and emotionally ready for sexual intimacy. 

 

5. Vertical Transmission of Infection

It is recommended that the new mother refrain from having sex for at least six weeks if she is likely to have intercourse with partners who may transmit HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 

This is because the danger of transferring the illness to the newborn through breast milk is three times higher if the STI is acquired within this time frame.

Again, the presence of wounds, lacerations, and abrasions after labour raises the likelihood of infection during the first few weeks.

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Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi

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