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Why does sex hurt after having a baby?

Does sex feel different after having your baby? Maybe you thought it would get better after the first or second time, but it hasn’t. Did your OB tell you to use more lube, and that’s not helping?

There are lots of reasons why you might be experiencing pain during intercourse or with vaginal penetration. What are some of the most common causes we see?

  • Scar tissue restrictions following a vaginal delivery or C-section

  • Vaginal dryness due to hormonal fluctuations or breastfeeding

  • Pelvic floor muscle tightness

  • Nerve injury or irritation

The good news is that we can help! We will determine the cause of your pain by reviewing your medical history and performing a pelvic floor assessment so that you can leave with a customized treatment plan.

What does treatment for painful sex look like? Depending on the cause, your treatment might consist of a combination of internal and external myofascial release, breathing exercises, stretches, scar tissue massage, as well as recommendations for vaginal moisturizers and therapy tools to use at home.

It doesn’t matter if you are 6 weeks, 6 months, or 6 years postpartum - sex should never hurt!


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