Are you an expecting or new mum? Curious about painful sexual intercourse after childbirth? Continue reading…
Many Nigerian women experience pain during sex after having a baby, with no knowledge why. This isn’t something that should be ignored or taken likely especially with the solutions readily available. We have health research-backed reasons to explain what could be going on “down there”. Read on for details:
1. Breastfeeding lowers oestrogen hormone levels: This can lead to dryness and eventual friction in the vagina area. Scary Mommy points out the importance of using a lubricant to help, natural options include coconut and olive oil.
2. Effects of an episiotomy: An episiotomy is a surgical cut carried out on many women during childbirth. It can take up to 6 months to heal, causing pain and discomfort during intercourse as a result.
3. Aftermath of a C-section: Doctors recommend women wait at least six weeks after a C-section as the body is also going through a healing process. Sex is likely to cause pain as well, and that’s why it’s best to get the go-ahead to resume sexual activities after a health checkup.
4. Fear of pain/the baby waking up: Pelvic muscles tend to respond to fear or anxiety, tensing up as a result. Of course, this then leads to undesired friction and pain.
For more information, including treatment options available, speak to your gynaecologist.
Sources: Scary Mommy, Web MD and Living & Loving