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Monday, April 13, 2009

Sexual Activity after Childbirth

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# Sexual activity (coitus) may resume when bleeding has subsided.
# Bleeding and infection are remote 14-21 days after childbirth.
# Usually libido is decreased significantly in the postpartum period.
# Early resumption of intercourse may be unpleasant because of incomplete healing of the episiotomy and laceration, and incomplete uterine involution.

# The best rule to follow is common sense: Six weeks (same as postpartum work disability time) may be the best time for abstinence.
# Because breast-feeding suppresses the production of estrogen, vaginal atrophy and dryness might occur.
# Breast-feeding women might need vaginal lubrication with lubricant.

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