By Sarah Bradley, Mar 19, 2024

Kecia Gaither, MD, director of perinatal services and maternal-fetal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in New York City, says that six weeks is the universally accepted standard after a vaginal birth. But women who had c-sections might need to wait eight weeks or more. Additionally, Gaither says that having an episiotomy or other interventions can affect the timing. If you’re still healing, it’s important to not rush back into sex after birth. “The risks of having sex too soon include contending with unhealed wounds, vaginal dryness, pain, musculoskeletal changes and infection,” Gaither explains.

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