Ask an expert

19 Feb 2003

After pregnancy
are there a time that man must wait before it safe (for the woman) to start with sex again ?
Answer 428 views

01 Jan 0001

Unless there are unusual delivery circumstances, most couples may resume vaginal intercourse a month to six weeks after delivery (C-sections included). Naturally, there are many sexual healthy alternatives during
the post-partum recuperation. If there has been no laceration or episiotomy many resume intercourse
sooner. Of concern, aside from vaginal-perineal healing, is endometritis from bacterial innoculation of the uterus thru the open cervix of a non fully involuted post-partum uterus. Extensive lacerations may require six
weeks before intercourse should attempted "Williams Obstetrics" is a good source of information, though I do not
recall whether it adresses this question in particular.
Hope this helps. Recommendations should be individualized by the health care practioner attending delivery.
A good old hospital joke: As soon as the doctor has finished putting in the stitches and provided that you are in a private room!!!
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.