We don’t talk enough about Postpartum Sexual Health as it often feels like a taboo topic. New parents are told when they are able to resume sex after birth, but don’t often get guidance on the mental, emotional, and social aspects of sexual health after birth.
Before we dive into the information, just know that there is no “one right answer” to when to resume sexual activity after giving birth. Everyone is different, and it’s important to consider whether you feel emotionally and physically ready.
The information in this post came from the conversation I had with Dr. Rachel Ollivier on my podcast Bringing Up Baby. She is a women's health researcher and practicing Registered Nurse. She recently completed her PhD in Nursing at Dalhousie University, where her research focused on exploring sexual health after birth using feminist poststructuralism.
Ashley Cooley is a birth, baby and sleep specialist living in Dartmouth, NS with her husband and their three girls.