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Is there anything I can do to ease the pain after childbirth?

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I just had my first child and had a partial tear during the vaginal delivery. My son is almost 6 months now, but sex is still painful. The muscles feel raw and tight, and it just doesn't feel good. Is there anything I can do to ease the pain after childbirth?

This is a great time to consider speaking with a physical therapist who focuses on postpartum care and the pelvic floor. There are some exercises and gentle massaging of the tissue that can help ease the pain you are experiencing and further your healing. The pain can still dissipate and resolve over time and it can be so helpful to have this added support. I would also meet with your GYN or women’s healthcare provider to make sure that there isn’t a vaginal infection that is causing an added raw sensation. Many women also experience low estrogen levels postpartum which can add to the sensation of being “dry and raw” especially if you are breastfeeding. Lubricant during sex throughout this transition time is very helpful, but certainly discuss the options with your provider.