Resumption of sex life after birth
Many doctors advise parents to stop sexual activity for six weeks after the baby is born. Usually, a longer recovery period after a cesarean section is required.
In general, women experience some discomfort due to the incision made to allow the baby to come out. The low level of estrogen can increase the drying of the vaginal mucosa. These phenomena are perfectly normal and will disappear over time.
The best advice is to do what suits you and free you from any discomfort.
You have to take care of your body and its health. Sometimes, after birth, women do not feel the need to have sex; the explanation is the hormonal change specific to the period following a pregnancy.
The most important thing is to not ignore the pain. If you feel the slightest discomfort and still try to tolerate it, you may suffer from vaginismus, an involuntary contraction of the vaginal muscles. The causes of pain can be determined by the gynecologist.
Ovulation can occur four weeks after birth and precedes first menstruation, so it is recommended to use a contraceptive method.
Doctors are reluctant to prescribe estrogen and progesterone pills shortly after birth. There are two reasons: estrogen can influence lactation and can contribute to blood clots.
For women who are not breastfeeding the first contraceptive film should be scheduled after 1-2 months after birth.
During breastfeeding some women undergo treatment that does not influence the activity of the mammary glands.
Other methods are hormonal implants (Norplant) and injectable contraceptives (DepoProvera), which contain only progesterone. Implants are capsules placed under the arm in women. They prevent a pregnancy from occurring for 5 years, before they need to be replaced.
Injectable contraceptives prevent the onset of pregnancy for 3 months.
The most safe and without side effects is the condom. Due to changes in the uterus, vagina and cervix, the diaphragm is impossible to use. If all is well, your doctor may suggest inserting an intrauterine device (IUD), but only after 7-8 weeks after birth.
Milk is secreted by the mammary glands since birth and contains proteins, sugar, water, fats, antibodies and all vitamins less K (nurses will inject this vitamin). Lactation is a complex function that involves the action of different hormones.
These are estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, cortisol and insulin. Oxytocin is the hormone that stimulates contractions of the uterine wall muscles during labor and birth. It also stimulates the circulation of milk to the nipples allowing breastfeeding.
Despite these influences, the amount of milk produced and the time spent breastfeeding depends on the period of time you want to breastfeed. Many women notice a small amount of milk secreted by the mammary glands even one year after breastfeeding is discontinued.
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