Resuming Sex and Contraception


After you have a baby, you might wonder when you can have sex again. Well, everyone is different. Your body will be sore and needs time to heal. You will also bleed for around 6 weeks after birth, whether you had a vaginal birth or a caesarean-section. You might feel really tired or have other issues, like bathroom problems or piles, that make you not want to have sex. It’s ok to take your time. You and your partner can still hug, kiss, and be close in other ways until you’re ready for sex.


Remember, you can get pregnant as early as 3 weeks after having a baby, even if you’re breastfeeding and your periods have not started again. Talk to your GP doctor, Health Visitor or a Sexual Health Clinic about ways to not get pregnant if you’re not ready for another baby.

If you are breastfeeding, or if you developed certain medical conditions during pregnancy or delivery, you might need to wait at least 6 weeks before you can use the:

  • combined pill
  • vaginal ring
  • contraceptive patch.

You might want to use condoms in the meantime.

You will be asked about contraception at your 6-week postnatal check. Talk to your GP doctor, Health Visitor or Sexual Health Clinic if you’re worried about anything.