Long before your bump started to show, people likely chimed in with their unsolicited but well-intentioned advice on childbirth. In between the overshared opinions and urban legend level horror stories, it can be hard to figure out what you can truly expect to happen during delivery and recovery. If you plan on — or are just curious about — having a cesarean section, don't buy into the hype that this won't affect your vagina. I must have been told a million times how I was "lucky" to avoid a vaginal delivery. So what happens to your vagina after a C-section? As it turns out, quite a few different changes happen downstairs, no matter how your baby comes out.
Fortunately, as is the case with most of the changes that happen to your body during pregnancy, childbirth, and recovery, these things are all temporary. So even the most uncomfortable or inconvenient aspect of how a C-section can affect your vagina — from swelling to bleeding — won't last long. Of course, if there are any sudden or painful symptoms after childbirth that don't seem to improve or are interfering with your ability to function on a daily basis, then please don't hesitate to reach out to a medical professional. In the meantime, however, you can check out all the unexpected things that happen to your vagina after having your child via a C-section.