Sexuality after birth

Essential information to rememberThe timing for resuming sexual activity with penetration will vary depending on you and your partners’ individual needs and preferences.

Some people feel less sexual desire after the birth of the baby. Fatigue, the adaptation to parenthood, the time and energy invested in caring for the baby, physical or emotional complications, and hormonal changes can all lead to a decreased interest in sexual activity. After the birth of a child, the time available for intimacy can also be limited.

Many partners aren’t sure when to resume sexual activity after the delivery. If there are no medical reasons to put it off, partners can engage in sexual activity without fear when they feel like it.

While breastfeeding, the body releases hormones that can prevent the vagina from producing sufficient lubrication. If that happens, you can use a lubricant to facilitate genital fondling and penetration. Choose a water-based lubricant if you use a condom.

Don’t pressure yourself. Adapt your sex life to your new reality.