You knew your life would change after your little one arrived. But did you know that even months after giving birth, you may experience changes to your vagina?
Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC, and the team at Alpenglow Gynecology in Littleton, Colorado, specialize in all aspects of women’s health — from the early teen years through menopause. To help you understand what to expect after a vaginal delivery, our team put together this accessible guide.
Take a moment to learn what you need to know about how your vagina changes after you have a baby and the treatments we use to help restore your most delicate tissues.
Women are designed to bring new life into the world. And your vagina is one of the incredible organs that makes new life possible.
That doesn’t mean childbirth leaves your vagina unaffected. In fact, changes to your vagina are normal after pregnancy and childbirth. Even if you don’t have a vaginal delivery, you may notice differences in your vagina after your baby is born.
But for women who deliver vaginally, these changes may be more pronounced. Some of the most common vaginal changes you may experience include:
You may be cleared to return to sexual activity after about 4-6 weeks from giving birth. However, recent research shows full vaginal recovery takes longer than six weeks. Be gentle with yourself, and make sure to get plenty of rest, eat right, and see your provider for support during this time.
After you have a baby, give your body some time to heal. Often, post-pregnancy vaginal changes improve in the weeks and months following the birth of your baby.
The good news is that if you notice these changes don’t improve, or if you’ve had multiple pregnancies or are a mature mother, there are treatments that help resolve post-delivery changes to vaginal tissues.
At Alpenglow Gynecology, women’s health expert, Rickie Guida recommends restoring your most delicate tissues using minimally invasive MonaLisa Touch®. This system uses laser technology to improve many common vaginal health concerns, including:
The best part? Treatments with the MonaLisa Touch only take minutes, and you can resume most of your normal activities right away. That means you can stop by on your lunch hour and get back to your routine with time to spare!
Most women benefit from a series of treatments, usually at least three sessions, for the best results possible. However, Rickie customizes a treatment plan for your vaginal needs based on her evaluation and your goals.
If you want to learn more about how your vagina changes after childbirth, or if you’re ready to improve your vaginal health with the MonaLisa Touch, schedule an appointment online or over the phone with Rickie at Alpenglow Gynecology in Littleton, Colorado.