Sex + birth control
You may feel like having sex days after delivering or much later - weeks or months after delivering. However, it is best if you wait until stitches or tears have healed and vaginal bleeding has lessened before having any sex involving the vagina.
If you are having vaginal sex with a male partner, it's important to use birth control. You can still get pregnant after giving birth, even if you are breastfeeding or before your period starts again.
- use a lubricant during vaginal sex to help relieve vaginal dryness, which is common;
- breastfeed your baby before sex if you want to lower the chance of your breasts leaking;
- explore other ways to be sexual or intimate with your partner if you do not want to have intercourse.
severe, ongoing pain during sex more than six weeks after birth.