After giving birth, most couples are encouraged to make love after six weeks or 40 days of childbirth. This is widely believed because women need a recovery process. But a new study shows another thing.
Research conducted by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists , together with other women's health care groups, recently updated the puerperal care guidelines. It was stated that the couple can make love after three weeks after the wife gives birth.
"The six-week timeline has been well established, but we cannot find evidence to support it," said the study's lead author, Andrea DeMaria who is also an assistant professor at Purdue University's College of Health and Human Sciences in Lafayette, Ind.
In a study published in the journal Culture, Health and Sexuality , researchers asked 70 women in South Carolina about the problem of having sex with reproductive health.
DeMaria said, a number of factors made women unable to have sex anymore. "We found that some women are just not sure about their bodies, or they still feel pain and discomfort, or fatigue from caring for new babies," he said.
Another study author, Stephanie Meier, Ph.D. at Purdue, said a number of psychological factors can be a barrier to continuing sex.
"Women may not feel mentally prepared or may feel nervous, especially if they are trying to have sex and that is not going well the first time. Body shape is also a concern, and some women are uncomfortable with changes in their bodies," Meier said.
Director of obstetrics at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in New York City Roseanne Seminara who was not involved in the study spoke up. According to him, the healing process is important but continuing sexual activity also does not have to wait 6 weeks.
"It is best to wait until you no longer bleed. Because if there is still bleeding it means that the inside of the uterus or uterine lining has not healed," Seminara said.
What must be known and done
The most important thing to know is that the vagina will return to normal after giving birth. Even though it takes a recovery process, the couple can return to having sex.
What happens next is to accept the fact that in the first few months there will be changes. "From starting to change your routine, you get less sleep, and when you first try sex, it may not be as great as before. But it's normal for your sex life," said sex therapist Vanessa Marin in Los Angeles, citing Glamor.
Tips to make love after giving birth
Mayoclinic noted there are some tips you can do to minimize pain during lovemaking after giving birth.
1. Look for painkillers
Take pain relief steps, such as emptying the bladder, taking a warm bath or using over-the-counter painkillers. If you experience burning afterwards, apply ice wrapped in a small towel to the area.
2. Use lubricant
Consider using a lubricant will help if you experience vaginal dryness.
3. Discuss with your partner
Tell your partner what makes you sick, uncomfortable and so on. Take time to communicate with each other if you are too tired or worried. If sex continues to hurt, consult your doctor about possible treatment options.