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I was told that anal sex after childbirth can be dangerous. What should I know before I try it?

While most people know that vaginal sex shortly after childbirth is dangerous, many believe that anal sex is okay. That’s not strictly true, and any kind of intercourse, whether anal or vaginal, too soon after childbirth can be dangerous.
 
This is compounded if you have had vaginal or anal tearing, or if you have stitches from an episiotomy and strain could cause these to rupture. Many women also experience haemorrhoids during and after pregnancy and this can make anal sex painful or uncomfortable.
 
The best advice, as with vaginal sex, is to wait until after your post partum check up and until your doctor or healthcare provider has given you the all clear. It’s best to be safe, rather than sorry, and if you risk it too early you may need further medical intervention, risk infection or have to have your stitches replaced.

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There are some very good reasons that you would want to avoid sexual intercourse.
Your vagina will naturally shrink after delivery, as your body heals, but whether it returns to its original size, depends on a number of factors.
Your menstrual cycle usually starts towards the end of your breastfeeding phase, but how regular it is once it is back varies from woman to woman.
It is not uncommon for women to experience pain and discomfort during sex, for the first couple of months after having a baby.
The delaying effect that breastfeeding has on the return of normal menstruation has an effect on fertility and can be considered as a method of contraception – although it is not a very reliable one.
The Intrauterine System, or IUS, is an effective method of birth control that is safe to use while breastfeeding.
It is true that some women experience a drop in their sex drive while breastfeeding, however, this isn’t always the case.
The return to your normal cycle is not a hard and fast rule and it can take anything from a month to a year before your first post baby period happens.
It is entirely up to you and your husband as to when you want to start having sex after the birth of your baby. The best thing to do is to have patience and wait until your body is ready for sex after your baby is born.
As very often happens, if you are just too tired to have sex after a long day, then tell your husband. If he is understanding and clever, he will help you as much as he can. After all, you will both benefit from this.

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