The After Party: What Actually Happens to Your Vagina After you give Birth?

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

By Katherine Schreiber


Immediately following childbirth, your vagina needs to heal. It’s swollen, painful to the touch, and, for about four to six weeks, still passing left over uterine tissue, mucous, and blood (a substance called lochia), Gupta explains.


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Most women with uncomplicated births are advised to wait six weeks before resuming intercourse, since an open cervix is thought to