Sex after having a baby

After your baby is born you may feel that having sex is the last thing you want to do.

Some women have sex within the first few weeks after their baby is born; for others it may be several months later.

Having sex again

When you do have sex again, and if you are breastfeeding, try a lubricating gel. Pregnancy and breastfeeding hormones can cause vaginal dryness, so a lubricating gel will help.

Sex is usually surprisingly comfortable, but if it is uncomfortable try different positions. Different positions can help to relieve discomfort and avoid you feeling pressure on the opening of your vagina. If you have pain that does not go away, talk to your doctor.

Avoiding pregnancy

It’s possible to get pregnant again once you start having sex – even if you are breastfeeding or haven’t yet had a period.

Your midwife or specialist doctor will have discussed contraception with you in the first 6 weeks and may have given you a prescription. If you need further advice at a later date, talk to your doctor, practice nurse or Family Planning clinic about contraception.

Related website

Mum’s body after birth – Plunket
About the changes to mum’s body after the birth, including about having sex again.

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