Let’s talk about sex … after childbirth
[Purdue News, 2/4/19] Some feedback from doctors seemed almost appalling.
One woman remembers her gynecologist stating, “Well, girl, you better, because if you don’t, somebody else will.”
Another said, “My doctor was really excited to tell [my partner] at six weeks that I was ready to go.”
Yes, we’re talking sex. After childbirth.
Beginning sexual activity after pregnancy isn’t always like riding a bike, especially for mothers experiencing postpartum pain, fatigue and stress. Yet, many couples are led to believe there is a hard-and-fast point at which they can resume sexual intercourse, according to 70 in-depth interviews with women in South Carolina.
The findings were recently published online in the journal Culture, Health & Sexuality.
“Among participants, the most frequent recommendation from health providers was to resume sex after the six-week postpartum visit,” said Andrea DeMaria, an assistant professor in Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences who led the study. “But we found some women were ready before six weeks due to personal and partner desire, while other women expressed difficulties resuming sex, including pain and exhaustion from caring for a new baby.”
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently revised its recommendations on postpartum care, stating it “should be an ongoing process, rather than a single encounter, and that all women have contact with their ob-gyns or other obstetric care providers within the first three weeks postpartum,” according to a news release issued by the professional organization………….
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