When Is It Safe?

Having a baby is hard on the body, especially when you have a cesarean section. So when is it safe to have sex again? Obstetrician/Gynecologist David Barrere explains.
David Barrere, MD

Having a baby is hard on the body, especially when you have a cesarean section. So when is it safe to have sex again? Obstetrician/Gynecologist David Barrere explains. Your question:
How long do I have to wait after a cesarean section before we can have sex again?

The expert answers:
I evaluate my cesarean section patients one week and four weeks after delivery. Typically, by four weeks, most women can resume nearly normal activity, including sexual intercourse.

However, you still may have some discomfort from surgery, and this may preclude you from engaging in intercourse. Generally, no sexual activity should occur until the uterus is back to its pre-pregnancy size. This helps to reduce discomfort and the incidence of infections. Most physicians will let the patient know when it's safe to resume. PregnancyAndBaby.com

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