Timing is everything: listen to your body
There are a few things to keep in mind when deciding whether you’re ready to resume having sex after a C-section. The first factor is your C-section scar, the second is vaginal bleeding, and the third is your emotional state. In addition to those things, you should also consider your overall health including your strength level, as well as your birth control method.
There is a common misconception that people who have given birth via C-section can have sex soon after delivery because they have not had as much trauma to the vagina.
Hold off from having intercourse at least until you have been to your six-week postpartum checkup. Rushing into things too quickly and even sex four weeks after a C-section can lead to complications such as infection.
Six weeks is the average amount of time it takes the uterus to return to its normal size, cervix to close, and C-section incision to heal. Once you get the all-clear from your health care provider, medically speaking, you’re good to go.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re ready to resume having intercourse after giving birth, though. Consider your mental health as well. It is common to experience baby blues or postpartum depression after giving birth, which can cause low libido.
Share these things with your partner, and don’t force yourself to do something you don’t feel ready to do. It’s normal to have a low sex drive after giving birth.