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Need Expert Treatments for Painful Intercourse after Pregnancy?

Painful intercourse after childbirth, also known as dyspareunia, is an issue experienced by many women. 

The reason sex can be painful after pregnancy is because the perineum can be stretched and torn during childbirth. In particular, if you have had an episiotomy, it’s vital to take time to heal.

Hormonal changes can also lead to vaginal dryness. A lack of lubrication is one of the reasons you might experience discomfort or pain during sex. Breastfeeding can also contribute to lower estrogen levels.

Furthermore, hormones released during breastfeeding, particularly prolactin, can contribute to vaginal dryness, therefore making intercourse uncomfortable.

Another cause of painful intercourse after pregnancy is pelvic floor issues. 

Pregnancy and childbirth can weaken the pelvic floor muscles, which provide support to the uterus, bladder, and bowel. Weak pelvic floor muscles can therefore lead to pain during intercourse. Our expert physiotherapy treatments can help strengthen your pelvic floor during and after pregnancy. 

If there were complications during childbirth, such as a tear or episiotomy, scar tissue may form. Because this  can be less flexible than the surrounding tissue, it often leads to pain during intercourse. Here at PelviCare our services include scar tissue massages to reduce this issue.

It can also be caused by psychological issues. The physical changes that come with childbirth can often affect our confidence, leading to stress, anxiety and tiredness. All of these can affect your experiences with your partner. 

If you’re experiencing painful intercourse after pregnancy, find out more about our clinic in London. Or simply contact us today.