Expectant and new parents have many concerns regarding the relationship between sexuality and breastfeeding. How is a new mother's libido affected by breastfeeding? Why do some women get sexually excited when breastfeeding? Is this frequent or normal? How does the partner feel about breasts full of milk?
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Sex after baby is tricky enough when you're exhausted, distracted and healing. But how do you cope when it's painful? Read on for the answers. By Kalli Anderson June 26, You just had a baby. And for weeks—maybe months—you are too sore, overwhelmed, maxed out on touch and desperate for sleep to even contemplate having sex. And for a lot of us, resuming our sex lives can be, at best, a bit of a learning curve, and at worst, terribly painful.
Network Member Nickey has written this really interesting piece, describing her experience of pregnancy and birth, with vaginismus. Hi everyone! When my husband and I decided that we were ready to start a family, I had an extremely difficult time finding any personal stories about being pregnant and giving birth with vaginismus. Therefore, I wanted to share with you some of my experiences, from discovering I had vaginismus to the after effects of giving birth vaginally. The first time I tried inserting tampons my mother found me in the bathroom crying because it hurt to the point where I could not get it in. She reassured me that I didn't have to use tampons, that pads would be just fine. I didn't think anything was out of the ordinary for not being able to use tampons even the smallest ones. I also wasn't ready for any kind of sexual experience involving penetration when I was in high school or the first half of college.
Recent research has highlighted controversies in the conceptualisation, diagnosis and treatment of vaginismus. Vaginal trainers are currently the most widely used treatment. Themes were: 1 Lack of knowledge, 2 Invalidation of suffering by professionals, 3 Difficult journey, and 4 Making the journey easier. This paper describes themes 3 and 4. Accessing effective treatment for vaginal penetration difficulties is difficult. The practical and emotional demands of using vaginal trainers may be underestimated by professionals, resulting in inadequate provision of support and information in practice. At times vaginal trainers may be prescribed to women who are unlikely to benefit from this treatment in isolation.