8 Things You Didn't Know About Postpartum Sex

Surprising facts that affect your sex life

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From breastfeeding to vaginal dryness, there's a lot you need to know about sex after pregnancy. Some facts are nice, some are a little unpleasant, and some are just plain crazy. Guess which ones we have here for you? That's right! The nutty ones. Enjoy!

  1. A woman's sex drive isn't the only one dampened post-baby. A man's libido can be dampened by the hormone vasopressin, which enables him to bond with the baby, but might put him off sex.
  2. Vaginal dryness is a legitimate issue. Your natural lubrication will most likely not be as up to par as it was in the past, so break out that lube and get creative.
  3. Your vagina can bounce back. It's a common joke that postpartum vaginas are "wrecked." And to a certain degree, they aren't the same as they were before baby. The tissue has undergone a very serious, strenuous workout, but you can fix it. Devote some time each day (and it doesn't have to be a lot of time) to doing Kegel exercises. They are simple, easy and something you can do anytime, anywhere.
  4. Breastfeeding has both positive and negative side effects. The act helps you bond with your baby and gives them essential nutrients (yay!), but it can also lead to vaginal dryness due to lower estrogen levels (boo). But instead of letting this get you down, embrace your inner earth mother and see point two.
  5. Sex might be painful, at least at first. This is totally normal, and nothing you should lose your head over (unless the pain persists, in which case talk to your OB-GYN). Between the beating your vaginal tissue took not long ago, potential dryness and, for some of us, still-tender episiotomies, it's a perfectly normal to have some discomfort the first few times postpartum. Be gentle with each other, and you'll get back to the swing of things.

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By Kristen Droesch

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