According to a report, among the 55% who had a c-section, 43% of the women noticed a difference in sex, with 70% saying that they feel pain and 30% experiencing fatigue. After 12 weeks, 38% of them said that their sex lives were improved because of more intimacy and less pain. Have you recently had a C-section? Are you concerned about what will happen to your body if you resume sex?
In this article, we will discuss what changes happen in the body when you had a C-section and some common problems and risks that occur after C-section if you and your partner want to have sex.
What Happens in Your Body After C-Section
Many women choose the cesarean section or c-section as an alternative delivery to the normal method due to the potential risks of vaginal delivery like multiple pregnancies, maternal medical conditions and maternal infections, and other concerns such as fear of pain, a sense of safeness, and confidence, a hypothetical control over a somewhat unpredictable event, and a false perception of a lowered risk of urinary incontinence, etc. But what happens in a woman’s body after C-section?
After your C-section, you may feel sick to your stomach, groggy, or itchy because of the drugs used to numb you during the surgery. Some of the common things you will experience after several days of the surgery are afterpains similar to menstrual cramps, breast swelling, and soreness, vaginal bleeding (the body removes the extra tissue and blood in your uterus that kept your baby healthy during pregnancy), hair thinning and stretch marks, and a rollercoaster of emotions ranging from anxiety, worry sadness, and many others.
The skin is the first layer to be damaged and the last to heal as the healing process will happen from the inside out while your body systematically reknits each and every layer. That’s why it is important for you to go to your post-C-section checkup as your doctor will closely look at the incision to check and make sure if the healing process has begun. You may feel a stinging or pulling sensation from the incision and stitches in your skin. Oftentimes, there will be a burning feeling like an abrasion or scrape. These sensations will fade over time.
Is It Safe to Have Sex after C-Section?
Wondering when it is safe to have sex after giving birth via C-section? You need to be aware of important aspects of how sex will affect your body post-C-section. Keep in mind your C-section scar, the vaginal bleeding, and your emotional state. Also, consider your overall health like your strength level and birth control method.
Some people believe that women who have given birth via C-section can have sex soon after delivery because they don’t have much trauma to their vagina. However, medical experts recommend that you need to be patient and hold off from having sexual intercourse until you have been to at least 6 weeks after your postpartum checkup. This is because rushing to have sex after C-section can lead to health complications like an infection.
But why 6 weeks? You and your partner need to wait for 6 weeks because it is the average time period when the uterus comes back to its normal size, the cervix closes, and the C-section incision heals. Remember that you also need to consider your mental health as well because it is common that postpartum women may experience baby blues or postpartum depression, which can cause low libido.
Moreover, most women who have sex for the first time after giving birth said that they felt uncomfortable and painful. So, there will be times that you feel great but other times you may feel down or lethargic. There are some cases where women experienced bleeding when they had sex for the first time after giving birth. Actually, the women who have had C-section deliveries have generally a longer recovery process compared to those who have had a vaginal delivery.
Below are some potential signs of infection and risks of having sex after a C-section:
- Severe pain
- Leaking urine
- Heavy vaginal bleeding
- Bad smelling discharge oozing from the incision
- Severe or continual bleeding from the incision
- Swelling around the incision site
- Swelling or pain in the lower legs
- Vomiting, diarrhea, or nausea
There are crucial aspects that you need to consider when you and your partner want to have sex after pregnancy and C-section delivery like the after-effects of C-section like vaginal bleeding, menstrual cramps, breast swelling, and ups and downs of emotions. Keep in mind your C-section scar, the vaginal bleeding, and your emotional condition. That’s why it is essential that you need to wait for 6 weeks. But, if you and your partner really want to have sex after C-section, you should consult your doctor about it and if your doctor gives you a go signal, discuss with your partner the comfortable and safe sex positions you can do like spooning.