Low Sex Drive After Childbirth
Are you experiencing a lower-than-usual sex drive after childbirth? If so, don’t worry – this is completely normal. Many women (and men) have significantly lower libido after having a baby.
Here, we’ll discuss why sex drive tends to diminish after childbirth and what you can do to regain your pre-baby libido.
Why Does Sex Drive Drop After Childbirth?
The months after childbirth are physically and emotionally demanding for parents. With hormonal changes on top of these difficulties, it’s perfectly normal to not be in the mood for sex as often as you used to be.
Additionally, up to three months after childbirth, intercourse is generally painful for women. This is because estrogen levels are low up until this point. Women tend to experience vaginal dryness with low estrogen levels, which can make sex painful. As a result, you won’t desire sex as frequently as you used to.
Low estrogen levels after childbirth also generally contribute to low libido, even without vaginal dryness. Mood swings, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and poor sleep can all occur as a result of low estrogen levels and sabotage your sex drive.
What to Do About Low Libido After Having a Baby
For one, it’s important to understand that sex will likely not feel very good in the first couple of months after childbirth. Unlike what you see on TV and in magazines, your body won’t immediately return to normal. Planning for this will help prevent confusion and frustration surrounding low libido during this period of time.
Once sex is no longer painful, consider scheduling intimate time with your partner. During this time, ask a nanny or loved one to look after the baby so that you can have stress-free intimacy with your partner. Take it slow. Even if it’s just a short period, making time for sex after childbirth is crucial to regaining your libido and maintaining a healthy, happy relationship.
To learn more about how to restore your sex drive after having a baby, schedule a consultation at Visionary Centre for Women today.