What happens to your vagina after childbirth?

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vagina after child birth
vagina after child birth

Pushing a baby out of your lady part is not easy and everybody talk about that, it is a little scary to imagine the state of your vagina after childbirth. But it is not usually a permanent damage your vagina can take the strain of childbirth. Vagina stretches during birth to let the baby pass through the birth canal. One study found that the pelvic floor muscles involved during birth can stretch more than three times to their normal amount.

Here is what will happen to your vagina after baby birth:

Dryness

When you are pregnant your hormone levels are really high, and after childbirth it drops drastically which often times causes some changes in your vagina. Estrogen is of the hormone that drops after childbirth. Estrogen helps to keep your vaginal tissue moist with a clear lubricating fluid and the lack of which can cause dryness in the vaginal area including the vaginal tissue getting thin and stretched. if you are not nursing the moisture in your vagina will regain in a few weeks, but if you are breastfeeding the estrogen levels will remain low and for some women even cause postpartum menopause.

Soreness

Between 53 and 79 percent of vaginal deliveries will cause some kind of tearing, apart from your vagina your perineum will also be sore. The perineum is the area between your vagina and anus. Though it’s not specifically a part of your vagina, it can also tear during a vaginal delivery. The soreness around that causes discomfort and takes some time to heal. To help the soreness feel a little better and soothing it, ice packs can help.

Uncomfortable sex

Sex is painful after having a baby, the nerves in the pelvis can also be damaged or changed during the pregnancy and delivery process. The pelvic floor muscle plays an important role in sexual functions. If you had a tear or episiotomy after a vaginal delivery, you’re probably going to have some scar tissue in your vagina and on your perineum afterward. The scar tissue heals over time making sex more comfortable. Painful sex can also be due to dryness and lube can make the process much easier. But if the condition doesn’t get better make sure to consult it with a doctor, some women also have to get the scar tissue removed.

Period changes

Pregnancy gets your hormones through a roller coaster ride. When you start getting your postpartum period it can be heavier or lighter. If your estrogen is generally lower than it was before you got pregnant, your uterine lining can be thinner giving you lighter period. If your estrogen is a little higher, your lining may build up more thickly, creating a heavier-than-before period.

Appearance

Your vagina will be stretched after childbirth but it can go back to its usual size but not completely it will be wider than it was. Giving birth may cause swelling or discoloration from pregnancy or the process of giving birth. It can happen to mothers who have given birth through C section due to pregnancy hormones. The labor process causes swelling.

Pelvic floor damage

Childbirth can damage your pelvic floor, which is made up of muscles and other tissues that help keep organs like your uterus, bladder, and bowel in the correct positions so they function properly. Damage to the pelvic floor muscles can cause complications such as bladder dysfunction or uterine prolapse. Childbirth can also affect the muscles and nerves that control your bladder and urethra. All of this can lead to pee leaking out of your body at inopportune times. This condition can improve over time and Kegel exercises can help in strengthening your pelvic floor.

Your vagina is designed for giving birth to a baby and will get better and in it’s usual form over time but not a hundred percent. In some cases damage in the pelvic floor and scar tissue can end up having serious issues, you should consult with the doctor and have it checked and treated to save you from anymore discomfort.

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