Recovering from a c-section can take a while, and sex is probably the last thing on your mind.
Although you might think sex after a c-section might be easier than sex after a vaginal birth due to less trauma to the vaginal area, it's still common for women who have had a c-section to have struggles in the bedroom, especially in the first few months after giving birth.
If you're wondering when you can have sex again after your c-section, we've put together a helpful guide including the risks, recovery and things to be aware of before normal bedroom activity resumes.
When can I have sex?
Like with every post partum journey, everyone's body is different and recovers at different rates. Although there's no set rule for all, many women feel comfortable returning to intercourse between four and six weeks after giving birth.
Remember you should only start having sex again once you've been given the go ahead by your obstetrician or health visitor.
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In order for you to resume sexual relations safely, it's a good idea to wait until your cervix has closed fully, which usually takes around six weeks.
It's common to still feel discomfort around the scar area after the six week mark including feelings of numbness and tingling sensations. These feelings are normal, but if you notice they get worse or you develop a fever you should seek help from your GP.
Easing yourself into sex
It's normal to feel a little fearful having sex for the first time after your body has been through child birth. It's important to take your time, and speak to your partner along the way and let them know how you're feeling physically and mentally towards sex.
Start by trying some relaxing foreplay, such as a massage before trying some sex positions that feel comfortable for you and your body. You might find it easier to use more lubrication than usual too.
Keep in mind that some women experience sexual dysfunction after a c-section so if you are finding sex unsually painful, speak to your GP.
You should also consider birth control as pregnancy can happen pretty much instantly after birth once you start to have sex again. Talk to your doctor or nurse about the best form of contraception for you.