Last month Dr. Mallari from Body Gears wrote a post for Chaimommas on How to Find the Right Nursing Position. This month she writes a post for us on a sensitive note or as you can say a taboo topic that many of us are not able to talk about, “sex after having a baby”. There are so many questions running through our heads after having a baby and sometimes its just difficult to ask. Well read this article and post on some tips Dr. Mallari gives which will make you feel at ease.
I realize this may be a sensitive issue, but it’s imperative we talk about it. Especially after Valentine’s Day, the day to celebrate love…and for some, love making! The medical term is “dyspareunia” or in other words, pain in the pelvic/vaginal region during sexual intercourse due to a medical issue. This can happen at any time in our lives and may be even more likely after delivery of your beautiful bundle of joy. Again, dyspareunia is not always a postpartum issue, but let’s use it as one example.
You’re usually required to take 6 weeks “off” after delivery, but even then, the thought of having sex may be daunting and I’m here to explain how I can help. After delivery, either vaginally or via C-Section, one aspect to address that could be contributing to pain during intercourse, is scar tissue. Whether its perineal scar tissue from natural tearing or episiotomy or abdominal scar tissue from the C-section, the scar tissue beneath what you can see, plays a big roll in the performance, tension and sensation of the soft tissues within the pelvis.
In my article, Pelvic Health in Relation to Painful Intercourse, I explain how Doctors of Physical Therapy, are specialists in exactly these things; soft tissue and joint mobility, function and biomechanics and with that, we can help to ensure optimal function (of many areas) but also specifically within the pelvis, helping you to address the frustrating pain of dyspareunia. If infection, vaginal dryness, skin irritation or inflammation is the biggest contributor to your pain, then we can also work with other medical professionals, to help you to find the best team to address your pain.
Since intercourse is expected to be a pleasurable experience, know that there are resources that can help you combat frustrating symptoms. Look for a local physical therapist that specializes in Pelvic Health as they can either help you with your symptoms or direct you to someone that can!