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How To Have Anal Sex After Giving Birth, If Butt Stuff Is Your Thing

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It's widely known that women can have sex after child birth, just not right away. Depending on what kind of sex you were into pre-baby, however, there may be a few extra things to consider and precautions to take. Many couples might wonder how to have anal sex after giving birth. Is it safe? Is it done differently than before? Does it require certain accessories to help?

The good news is anal sex it's probably fine, but there are a few serious things to consider. Before getting into how to do anal sex postpartum, it's important to establish when to do it. According to the Baby Center, anal and vaginal intercourse is not recommended immediately following delivery. "The directive given to postpartum moms to wait six weeks to have sex usually applies to anal sex as well," Lamaze certified childbirth educator Deena Blumenfeld of Shining Light Prenatal Education, tells Romper. "The entire pelvic floor is stretched during birth. We need time to heal postpartum." She suggests all new moms wait until their uterus goes back to pre-pregnancy size and the lochia (bleeding or discharge) stops before having sex. Blumenfeld stresses that you don't want to introduce infection or cause pain, so it's important to pause for those two things before engaging in anything sexual, including anal sex.

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The other thing you may want to watch out for are hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lowest part of your rectum and anus, according to Web MD. Those pesky bum bandits can crop up during pregnancy and really put a damper on things temporarily. "Many women experience hemorrhoids after birth. Anal sex with hemorrhoids can be very painful and cause bleeding," Blumenfeld says. Additionally, some women also have difficult deliveries with perineal tearing or episiotomies. "Both of these can be stressed and possibly re-tear with either vaginal or anal sex," Blumenfeld says. "This also would lead to pain and bleeding."

If anal sex is something you want to try after child birth that's totally cool, just ask your doctor at your six week doctor's visit to make sure you're physically healed first. As for the how part of postpartum anal sex Blumenfeld says, "if and when you choose to have anal sex, go slow and use lots of lube."

When getting back into having sex with your partner going slow and being gentle with yourself are going to be key for any new mom. Sex, no matter how you do it, should be mutually pleasurable. If it's not, there may need to be more healing or some adjustments to positions. If you're in an open and honest relationship you should be able to express these things to your partner and have them respond empathetically, lovingly, and appropriately.