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5 Things You Need to Know About Sex After Giving Birth

By Livestrong Contributor ; Updated December 05, 2018

Your doctor may have warned you against having sex until at least six weeks after giving birth. Although there is no documented research to support this advice, many doctors still advise new moms to abide by the six week rule to prevent infection that may arise postpartum. However, studies reveal that the cervix has closed and most incisions and lacerations have healed just two weeks postpartum. But it also has been observed that it takes approximately six weeks for the uterus to return to "normal" size after a vaginal delivery.

Women should generally wait until their doctor tells them when it is appropriate to have sex again. There are a few women who may have experienced significant blood loss or severe lacerations and episiotomies and these women should abide by the six week rule, at least.

Your doctor may have warned you against having sex until at least six weeks after giving birth. Although there is no documented research to support this advice, many doctors still advise new moms to abide by the six week rule to prevent infection that may arise postpartum. However, studies reveal that the cervix has closed and most incisions and lacerations have healed just two weeks postpartum. But it also has been observed that it takes approximately six weeks for the uterus to return to "normal" size after a vaginal delivery.

Women should generally wait until their doctor tells them when it is appropriate to have sex again. There are a few women who may have experienced significant blood loss or severe lacerations and episiotomies and these women should abide by the six week rule, at least.

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