It's widely known that women have to wait at least six weeks to have sex again after having a baby. And sometimes, depending on what kind of pregnancy and delivery you had, the wait is even longer. Everyone has their own unique healing process, and everyone has their own unique horniness. Some new moms might not even be thinking about sex, while others might be counting down the days, hours, and minutes till they can be intimate again. Those with more active libidos may be wondering how to handle horniness during the six week wait. It turns out, there are many healthy ways to cope of the sexual and non-sexual variety.
Before delving into all of the ways you can deal with your sex drive, there is one thing to get out of the way: you absolutely cannot have penetrative sex during the six week wait. No exceptions. Additionally, you have to make sure you aren't experiencing any bleeding or uterine tissue discharge, also known as lochia, before having postpartum sex, according to Very Well. You also have to make sure you've healed from any possible tears or stretching that could invite infection or be really painful. This could be anywhere from a minimum of six weeks to months.
All of this isn't brought up to scare you or discourage from doing the deed postpartum. There are just some really important things to consider with a woman who is healing from pregnancy and childbirth before engaging in anything sexual. Whether your wait is six weeks or more, it's likely that you'll get horny from time to time. Here are nine things you can do to help you with your horny hurdles.