In the first few weeks after birth, postpartum sex is probably the farthest thing in a mother’s mind. You may be exhausted and your body has not yet returned to its optimal form.
How long a mother waits or has to wait before having postpartum sex is completely personal. But contrary to the old clichés, being a parent does not mean that sex is completely forbidden.
How often do young mothers have sex after childbirth?
In fact, a new study found that nearly 73% of young mothers enjoy postpartum sex, and almost a quarter of women surveyed say their postpartum sex is better. A survey of 1,000 women, ages 22-37, found that fatigue is the number one reason why young mothers do not have much sex and that 61% of them want to have more sex.
One-quarter of the mothers surveyed have sex once a week and almost 30% of them have 2-3 times a week. Nearly 9% of them have sex more than three times a week. For some, three times a week sounds perfect. For others, this may sound like a lot. The survey also found that 12.8% of mothers have sex once a month, and 13.3% even less, and that’s okay. The frequency of the new mother’s sex life depends on so many factors. So don’t feel bad if you don’t have sex as often as women surveyed. For some mothers, it takes longer to feel ready for sex again, and some are eager to experience sexual intimacy again.
More than 61% of mothers surveyed said they were frightened or irritable after their first birth. About 72% of these mothers explained that they were afraid of pain. Research suggests that about 17-36% of mothers report having pain during sex for up to 6 months after birth. There are three common reasons for postpartum sex pain: 1. Low estrogen levels in the vagina; 2. Problems with any sores; 3. Muscle spasms due to a stretch after pelvic extension. /mommytobe