Does Childbirth Affect Sexual Wellness?
A baby is a wondrous gift that brings excitement and joy to a new family. But, boy, is having a child a game-changer. From midnight feedings to a sleep schedule dictated by an infant, many new parents wonder when their life will return back to having some degree of normalcy. One thing many parents are excited about is receiving the green light from their doctor on when they can start having sex again. However, some mothers might feel anxiety about how their bodies and libidos have changed after giving birth. We get it, sex is important, so it’s completely fair to wonder how having a baby will affect your sexual wellness.
As excited as their partners may be to start being intimate again, many women might want to scoff when receiving the ‘all-clear’ from their doctor to have sex. There’s a reason for that feeling and it goes past the general exhaustion of having a newborn. Postpartum, women experience a huge drop in their estrogen levels which can make their sex drive come to a crashing halt. Sex might even be painful due to vaginal dryness caused by the hormone dip. Don’t feel guilty about it. It’s Mother Nature’s way of telling you to take it easy, take time for you and your new baby, and maybe not try to have another one right away.
Changes After Childbirth
One thing that makes sex so great is that it makes our bodies produce oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone.” However, oxytocin is also released during breastfeeding. It helps the bonding process between mothers and their babies. Nursing mothers might have less of a desire to connect with partners through sex because they’re already receiving oxytocin through breastfeeding. Basically, they’re already getting their love fix, and sex just isn’t that tempting.
Sex is an intimate act between you and your partner, and with a new baby in the house, it can be hard for you and your partner to find time to reconnect. Many new parents aren’t as interested in making love with their partner simply because they haven’t gotten much alone time to flirt and be romantic.
Sexual Wellness Treatments at Flawless Skin by Abby
The female body is amazing and its ability to create and grow a baby – a whole new person – for nine months is a beautiful thing. That being said, after childbirth there are a lot of changes that might not make you feel your sexiest, and that’s okay. Many women experience vaginal muscle stretching and laxity, resulting in less sexual confidence. Between vaginal changes, sore, leaky nipples, infrequent showering, weight changes, spotting, and sleep deprivation, you just might not be feeling it. It’s important to be patient and kind to yourself. You just created life. That’s incredible.
When you’re ready to be intimate, and need assistance addressing any concerns you may have about your sexual wellness after childbirth, we at Flawless Skin by Abby offer sexual wellness treatments to help get you back to the old you:
ThermiVa – a unique vaginal tightening treatment personalized for you to improve intimacy with your partner and boost your confidence
O-Shot – an injection of platelet rich plasma (PRP) to increase your libido and pleasure, while additionally treating vaginal dryness and urinary incontinence.
To find out more about improving your sexual wellness at Flawless Skin by Abby, please call today for a consultation.