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I was told that anal sex after childbirth can be dangerous. What should I know before I try it?

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While most people know that vaginal sex shortly after childbirth is dangerous, many believe that anal sex is okay. That’s not strictly true, and any kind of intercourse, whether anal or vaginal, too soon after childbirth can be dangerous.
This is compounded if you have had vaginal or anal tearing, or if you have stitches from an episiotomy and strain could cause these to rupture. Many women also experience haemorrhoids during and after pregnancy and this can make anal sex painful or uncomfortable.
The best advice, as with vaginal sex, is to wait until after your post partum check up and until your doctor or healthcare provider has given you the all clear. It’s best to be safe, rather than sorry, and if you risk it too early you may need further medical intervention, risk infection or have to have your stitches replaced.
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Re: I was told that anal sex after childbirth can be dangerous. What should I know before I try it?
NEW RTE SHOW: BABY BODIES Zoogon Productions are making a new television show for RTE2 called Mairead Farrell: Honestly Speaking… Baby Bodies, which aims to talk openly about how Irish women really feel about their pregnant and post-baby body – the good and the bad. We are currently still looking for a range of contributors to take part: - Do you love everything about your pregnant body or post-baby body? Do you embrace all the bodily changes whole-heartedly? - Have you (or did you) put on more weight than you wanted to during pregnancy? Or have you struggled with obesity before or after pregnancy? - Are you (or were you) pregnant while still a teenager? - Are you exercising a lot while pregnant? Or after childbirth to regain your figure? - Has pregnancy or having a baby dramatically affected your sex life? - Do you have a fear of pregnancy and childbirth? Or did a traumatic experience lead to a fear of future pregnancy? - Are you giving birth (hospital or home birth) in the next few weeks and may consider the birth being filmed? Finally – do you have an interesting story to tell relating to your ‘baby body’ experience that we haven’t mentioned, but you would like to tell us about? We hope that the documentary will be a vehicle to show mothers out there that they're not the only one experiencing body issues during pregnancy and after, or indeed inform mothers-to-be of what to expect. Please get in touch by emailing or call to chat on 0044-2890323600 and ask for Amy or Aislinn. All correspondence will be in the strictest confidence.
akearns   |   September 14, 2011 11:53 AM

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