Did you know that 86% of women have pain with first vaginal sex after childbirth and nearly 1 in 4 still report pain at 18 months postpartum¹? Although it's quite common, sex shouldn’t have to hurt after childbirth! Here are some reasons why it might and what to do about it:
Whatever you do, don’t suffer in silence! As you can see, there are many reasons why sex may not feel the same as pre-baby so it is definitely worth reaching out to a trained professional like a pelvic floor PT. We perform a thorough evaluation to determine which reason(s) are wreaking havoc in the sheets and will provide you with a customized action plan to take back the bedroom.
¹McDonald EA, Gartland D, Small R, Brown SJ. Dyspareunia and childbirth: a prospective cohort study. BJOG 2015: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.13263
Dr. Julie Berube is a pelvic floor physical therapist who is on a mission to revolutionize the standard of healthcare for women in Central New York and the Syracuse area.