Relationships and sex after childbirth
Relationships during the years with a small baby - ten key things to remember
The first five years with toddlers are often tough - this is the reality for families with toddlers. It's a tough time for relationships and can sometimes lead to divorce or separation. Here are ten things to remember that will help you through the challenging years with a small baby so you emerge with your relationship intact.
Contraception containing hormones
There are hormonal contraceptive methods that contain either two hormones: estrogen and progestogen; or only one: progestogen. Contraception that uses hormones works by preventing ovulation and making the cervical mucus too difficult for the sperm to get through. Here you can read more about different contraceptives that use hormones.
A copper IUD is a hormone-free contraceptive that is inserted into the uterus. It creates an environment that prevents sperm from surviving and provides strong protection against pregnancy. Other contraceptives without hormones are condoms, pessaries, and femidom. They prevent sperm from entering the uterus and are called barrier methods. Read more here about other forms of hormone-free contraception.
Sex after birth - closeness, and togetherness
There are lots of reasons why sex might feel strange after giving birth. You might not have completely healed, your breasts might be leaking, you're exhausted and your baby might wake up at any time. But you're also longing for adult closeness. You need to find a shared balance and away to be close that feels good, while still taking into account your new situation.