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Sex after Pregnancy: What to Expect

Now that you’ve had your 6 week postpartum visit you might be wondering how to start being intimate with your partner again. For many women, it also might be the very last thing on your mind. Nonetheless, let’s talk about a few things to keep in mind when beginning to have sex postpartum! 

 

Things will feel differently! Whether you had a vaginal or cesarean delivery your body has gone through changes and healing. Understanding that your body has changed and your partner having that understanding, will help this experience be a positive one. Make sure you and your partner can have open communication when starting again. 

 

It is important that you work with your partner and be sure you take your time! Don’t rush this. 

 

It is just as important to use lubrication! LOTS of lubrication. Especially if you are breastfeeding. Even if you don’t think you need it, use it. It is better to have it and use it when you don’t need it, than wish you had used it when you didn't. 

 

Also, before you start becoming sexually active again, make sure you have adequate contraception. You can get pregnant right away! Even if you’re breastfeeding, it can happen. So, be sure to talk to your provider at your postpartum visit about what contraceptive option is best for you! 

 

Good luck, and remember, there are many ways to experience pleasure. If it hurts, stop, and try again in a few days. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always reach out to your team at Premier for help! 

Author
Amanda Murphy, PA-C Amanda Murphy, PA-C Amanda Murphy, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant at Premier OB-Gyn with offices in Maitland and Oviedo, Florida. Amanda was born and raised in Palm Harbor, Florida. She attended Florida State University and obtained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. Amanda’s brother received a life-saving heart and double lung transplant, which shaped Amanda’s goals for her future. She attended the University of Texas Medical Branch and obtained her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Amanda was the president of her class and involved in several organizations on campus. Amanda practiced Pulmonary Critical Care for nearly three years where she gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. She always had a passion for Women’s Health and started working in OB/Gyn, and completely fell in love with providing care for women. She enjoys delivering care to women of all ages and stages of life. She and her husband, Brendan, have two beautiful little girls named Abigail and Paige.

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