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4 or 6 weeks?

I was just curious as to everyone's ideas on sex after baby.  The nurse at the hospital said nothing for 6 weeks but the information my doctor gave me from his office said 4 weeks.  Anyone have any experience with this?

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  • The general "rule" is 6 weeks but some doctors do clear it before 6 weeks.
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  • My Midwife said 6.  Don't think I could have attempted it before that.  It was VERY slow going even then.
  • Our dr said 6, we waited almost 8..and i was scared. even after the dr cleared me and said it was ok.
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  • Let me just say that I had my 6wk PP appointment today and that hurt like hell. I could NOT imagine having sex even now, I don't know how anyone has sex before six weeks let alone at six weeks. Things just aren't right in there.

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  • After DS and a 2nd degree tear, the doctors and the discharge instructions said to wait 3 weeks. When I asked my doc, she told me that she would recommend 6 weeks because mentally most women just aren't ready, but that medically 3-4 weeks was all I had to wait.

    DH and I had sex at 7 weeks last time, and 6 weeks this time (no tear!). Just take it slow and use lots of lube. It hurts much less then a pap and a lot less then getting an IUD. (or birthing a baby for that matter.) 

    Just give it a try!


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  • I'm at 5w PP and don't feel near ready. Plus I'm just exhausted right now.


    ETA: My MW's say 6 weeks.  

  • We had PP sex after 4 weeks with both babies...with no problems.
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  • My doctor said 6 weeks, we actually tried at 5 and i couldnt handle it and we attempted again at 6 weeks and still painful.
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  • Got the clear at 6 weeks, had a 3rd degree tear

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