Monthly Archives: June 2019

How Is Your Sex Life After Pregnancy?

How Is Your Sex Life After Pregnancy

Pregnancy can have a larger impact on your lives that you think it does. Similarly, your after-pregnancy life can change in your bedroom. Most women experience a lowered interest in sexual intercourse soon after the postpartum period. Though this is a temporary phase, this can surely freak out many couples out there.

Lower Libido:

After delivery of your baby and postpartum bleeding, women can still have lower libido due to various factors such as C-section wound. Additionally, you begin to underrate your body. This makes you not get indulged in sexual activities.

During and even after pregnancy, your body goes through a lot of hormonal changes which can be dramatic at times. The uterus is still in the contraction process. As a result, your reproductive organs could be weary and still recovering. Some women report feeling less interested in sexual intercourse due to breastfeeding.

Tender breasts:

As you’ll be nursing your baby after delivery, your breasts are likely to become sore and heavy. As you would be feeding your baby with milk, you would your breast to take rest and hence you may not want to be involved in any sexual activity.

Painful Intercourse:

As you get done with postpartum bleeding, the vagina likely to become dry and hence this leads to painful sexual intercourse. Adding to that, breastfeeding also lessens the lubrication of the vagina.

The feeling of body-conscious:

Your uterus can take time to get back to its original size. Women typically take 2 months for this process and hence you can appear to be a six-months pregnancy lady. You can get up to a year to naturally lose pregnancy weight while stretch marks and scars can also take to heal.

All such factors can make you feel nervous and conscious. A lot of women, hence, shy away from getting back to their sex life.

What can you do?

You need to understand that it is completely normal to have a post-pregnancy body like that. If you still do not feel ready yet, talk to your partner. Cuddles and kisses can help you get closer to your partner.

Your partner may need reassurance that you’re interested in him and this is just a phase. Tell your partner that this soon shall pass and our sex-life can be back as it was before pregnancy.

If your libido does not return even a year after the pregnancy, or if you experience painful sexual intercourse, you can seek help from your healthcare provider.

Ovulation pain and how to ease them?

Ovulation pain and how to ease them

Ovulation takes place when an ovum is released from the ovaries during the menstrual cycle. The period/phase of ovulation could be different for every woman. Similarly, even the menstrual pain or ovulation pain experienced by them is different for every woman.

Around 20% of women in the world encounter discomfort and pain mid-menstrual cycle. Since this is the phase when they ovulate, the pain is assumed to be ovulation pain. The pain can last for almost around 2 days or more depending on the cause of the pain.

Most women find it normal to encounter such pain every menstrual cycle. However, it is important that you do not neglect its symptoms if the pain becomes severe or prolonged.

This blog explains a few things that you need to know about ovulation pain ( mid-pain)

Following are the symptoms of Ovulation pain:

  • The abdominal area experiences pain
  • You feel pain in the belly and abdomen part for almost 14 days before your menstruation date.
  • Either left or right side of the uterus i.e. in one of the ovaries.
  • Cramps, twinges, sharp pains or uncomfortable pressure.

Possible reasons behind ovulation pain:

  • Sexual hormones in the body stimulate the ovaries to make around twenty follicles. Thought only one follicle ovum gets mature in every menstrual cycle, each follicle holds an ovum.  It is believed that cramps experienced during ovulation could be due to the membrane getting stretched of the ovary when the follicle expands.
  • The egg ruptures from the follicle while maturing. This sometimes causes spotting. If the abdomen lining finds discomfort due to the blood, it can cause pain.

Ovulation pain and concerning health issues:

Ovulation pain alone could be safe and not alarming. Having said that, you should observe your abdominal pain because if you are experiencing it for a long time, it could show health concerns. Some of them are as follow:

  • Infection to the fallopian tubes
  • Inflammation or infection to the pelvic area
  • Painful sexual intercourse could show the signs of endometriosis
  • The embryo grows on the outer part of the uterus
  • Bumps on the ovaries
  • Appendicitis
  • Gastrointestinal problems.

Learn more about the symptoms of the aforementioned diseases. If you happen to observe them, get medical help as soon as possible and treat them.

Ovulation pain is generally harmless and hence often ignored. If you wish to lower the ovulation pain, you can take some over the counter painkillers or heat your abdominal area with a heating pad.