Many women experience difficulty while having
sex post delivery. Let us have a look at some tips for preventing post delivery
There can be various stages and types of
delivery sex difficulties, ranging
from a purely physiological to psychological. Some of them are inevitable,
while some can be effectively prevented. The most common amongst all is the
female sexual dysfunction or FSD, which is considered to be a serious
morbidity. Apart from the above two, there is also the social adverse impact
that adds to the difficulties, albeit in certain family or cultural
Given below are some ways in which most
sex difficulties during this stage can be averted:
Early – This is extremely important in order
to prevent complications in later sex and reproductive life. It has been
observed in many cases that women feel embarrassed or apprehensive in coming
out with their problems and difficulties during this stage. There are several
reasons for this:
- They feel ashamed to talk about sexual difficulties just after becoming a mother. They fear that the change in priorities should not come in the way of sexual satisfaction.
- There is a fear that any acceptance of sexual difficulty might not be interpreted well by their partners. There is a fear and assumption that their desirability might be hampered.
- In some cases depending on environment, discussing or talking about postnatal sex difficulties is also regarded as a taboo. As the woman is expected to have no desires apart from fulfilling her new role as a ‘good’ mother.
So, it is either preoccupation or
embarrassment that sexual matters post delivery gets overlooked or ignored. In
order to prevent the initial difficulties to escalate, it is thereby essential
that they are discussed with your doctor or other healthcare providers. The new
mother along with her partner needs to understand that pregnancy and childbirth
has brought about variable changes in her body. Therefore, sexual functions,
desires and even the feel of her organs might not be the same. So, raise the
issues during the postnatal care sessions. Lack of knowledge or delay in
treatment should not come in the way of effective prevention of these
Should Avoid Episiotomy – In the majority of
the cases where post delivery sex difficulties have been reported, it has been
found that the woman had undergone episiotomy
This is a surgical procedure that induces tear and lacerations in the vaginal
tissues in order to aid the process of vaginal birth. Very often this also affects
the anal tissues, thereby further enhancing the trauma. This is then followed
by sutures. Sexual intercourse naturally becomes difficult as these take time
to heal and there is also a chance of further infections.
Thereby doctors should only perform episiotomy
only under strong indications and not just for speeding up the process.
Positions and Lubrications – When you want to
prevent post delivery sex difficulties, you need to take care of some simple
aspects. Not only your partner needs to go slow, that is, give some time for you
to get physically and mentally prepared for the act, but also take care that you
are in the most comfortable position. It has been noted that side positions and
the use of lubricants to aid you overcome the vaginal dryness helps a lot in
preventing the difficulties in escalating.
a Healthy Life – This entails that you must take
care of your diet,
avoid alcohol and smoking and engage in the regular workout. Try to stay away
from stress and enjoy your life and motherhood. All these simple things
contribute in a major way in dealing and preventing sex difficulties from
The initial sexual disorder is usually
quite readily treated with medical intervention and some emotional support from
the partner. But if there is a consequent cycle of fear, which is found to
exist in most cases of FSD, the treatment becomes a tad difficult. Therefore,
the best way to avoid an impact of the post delivery sex difficulties in later
life is to effectively prevent them through constant monitoring and care.