After having birth, a woman’s vaginal alterations can be expected. Perineal soreness, pain during intercourse, bleeding, and vaginal dryness are all common alterations.
It is not uncommon for people to discover new and painful vaginal changes after giving birth, according to the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom.
According to MedicalNewsToday, the following changes women should expect after childbirth:
1. Vaginal laxity
It’s normal for a woman’s private organ to appear bigger than it was before she gave birth, according to the NHS. In a few days, the swelling and openness should go away
Despite this, vaginal laxity is a typical complaint among new mothers.
Vaginal dryness after childbirth is typical and expected, especially in nursing mothers. Low estrogen causes vaginal dryness, and women who are nursing have lower estrogen levels than those who are not.
It can make intercourse unpleasant or painful, and it can also cause minor bleeding.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, some bleeding and discharge after delivery are typical. It may start blazing red and fade to a milder, pinker hue over a few days. The flow will gradually reduce and then cease.
Some women may endure a few weeks of postpartum vaginal discharge. Excessive bleeding should be treated as soon as possible because it could be a sign of postpartum haemorrhage or uterine atony.
4. Soreness and stitches
The type, intensity, and length of pain and soreness will vary from person to person, according to the ACOG. The NHS, on the other hand, states that most people should feel better between 6–12 weeks of birth.
Following childbirth, women may suffer one or more of the following symptoms:
2. Joint, back and neck pain
3. ache in the perineum, which in females is the region between the vagina and anus
4. soreness and swollen breast
After giving birth, some people can suffer postpartum bleeding, often known as lochia. Mucus, white blood cells, tissue, and blood are all found in Lochia. This menstrual-period-like mixture of fluid and tissue is lost by the womb so that the body may replace the uterine lining after delivery.
It normally happens within 24 hours after giving delivery, although it can happen up to 12 weeks later, according to the ACOG.