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When can I use tampons after childbirth?

By: Anita PanditUpdated: February 05, 2021

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After giving birth you need to wait at least six weeks before using a tampon, or you could be at risk of infection. The initial bleeding after birth is called lochia, and you should use maternity pads for this.

Thereof, do tampons hurt after childbirth?

Sometimes it's slightly painful to insert or remove a tampon simply because your vagina is dry. You may also be drier after childbirth or during breast-feeding or perimenopause, when levels of estrogen are low. Using a lubricant should help relieve the dryness and make it easier for the applicator to slide in.

Also, how long is first postpartum period?

A 2011 analysis of six previous studies found that most women got their first periods between 45 and 94 days after giving birth. One study in the review found that the average first period happened at 74 days postpartum.

Why do I have to wait 6 weeks after giving birth?

Pregnancy leads to a lot of physical changes to your body. That's why it's important to give yourself four to six weeks after delivery before you have sex again. During your recovery period, the uterus will shrink, hormones will return to pre-pregnancy levels, and muscles will regain strength and stability.

Do tampons fit differently after childbirth?

Post-childbirth you may find you need a larger tampon if you have given birth vaginally. This is because your vaginal canal will be looser, at least for a few months, and you may struggle to keep a tampon firmly inside. If this is the case try the next size up from your usual one.

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Can I use tampons for my first period after giving birth?

How soon can I use tampons after giving birth? You should not use tampons until you've had your 6-week postnatal check. This is because you'll still have a wound where the placenta joined with the wall of your womb, and you may also have tears or cuts in or around your vagina.

What is your first period like after giving birth?

The first period after your pregnancy may be heavier than you're used to. It might also be accompanied by more intense cramping, due to an increased amount of uterine lining that needs to be shed. As you continue your cycle, these changes will likely decrease.

What does Lochia smell like?

Lochia is the vaginal discharge you have after a vaginal delivery. It has a stale, musty odor like menstrual discharge. Lochia for the first 3 days after delivery is dark red in color. A few small blood clots, no larger than a plum, are normal.

Can I use normal sanitary towels after birth?

After giving birth, you'll have vaginal bleeding, also known as lochia. It's similar to a menstrual period, but can last between 2 and 6 weeks. It'll be very heavy at first, and will get lighter over the weeks. You're advised to use maternity pads or sanitary towels during this time while your body is still healing.

Is it my period or Lochia?

Lochia is typically creamy white to red in colour, but it's not to be confused with your actual period. The main difference between lochia and your period is that lochia will be lighter and more watery. It may also have a sweet smell and, unlike your period, lochia's flow will increase when you exert yourself.

Can I use a tampon 3 months postpartum?

You shouldn't use tampons until you've had your 6-week postnatal check. Using internal sanitary products like tampons and menstrual cups before this wound has healed could increase your chance of getting an infection. After giving birth, you'll have vaginal bleeding, also known as lochia.

Can I use a tampon 2 weeks after giving birth?

You shouldn't use tampons until you've had your 6-week postnatal check. Using internal sanitary products like tampons and menstrual cups before this wound has healed could increase your chance of getting an infection. After giving birth, you'll have vaginal bleeding, also known as lochia.

How do you know when your Lochia is finished?

You'll see the difference in the color as this starts to happen, from red to pink, then brown, and finally to a yellowish white. Lochia should stop flowing around four to six weeks after delivery, though it can end sooner or later depending on the woman and the pregnancy.

Can you use tampons 7 weeks postpartum?

You shouldn't use tampons until you've had your 6-week postnatal check. Using internal sanitary products like tampons and menstrual cups before this wound has healed could increase your chance of getting an infection. After giving birth, you'll have vaginal bleeding, also known as lochia.

Can you get a period 4 weeks postpartum?

But after your baby is born, it's just a matter of time before Aunt Flo pops in and says, "I'm baaaack!" If you're not breastfeeding, you may begin menstruating between three and 10 weeks after giving birth; if you are breastfeeding, you might enjoy more menses-free months — especially if you're nursing exclusively.

Why does my Lochia smell?

Lochia actually consists of blood, uterine wall lining, bacteria, dead tissue, and mucus. Don't be alarmed if you see blood clots in the beginning, this is quite normal, and the blood may also have a musty smell, similar to that of menstrual bleeding. This is the first stage of bleeding after birth.

Can pulling out a dry tampon cause damage?

Definitely not. Sometimes tampons are inserted incorrectly (usually they're not in far enough) and they feel weird. The fact that it hurt when you pulled it out is because tampons are designed to expand in your body. When you pull out a dry tampon that's only been in your vagina a short time, it can be uncomfortable.

Why can't you use a tampon after giving birth?

You shouldn't use tampons until you've had your 6-week postnatal check. Using internal sanitary products like tampons and menstrual cups before this wound has healed could increase your chance of getting an infection. After giving birth, you'll have vaginal bleeding, also known as lochia.

Why are tampons uncomfortable now?

There can be several reasons why inserting a tampon is difficult. One of the most common reasons is vaginismus. Vaginismus is a condition in which your vaginal muscles will tighten involuntarily, causing spasms and pain. Another possible reason it's difficult to put a tampon in could be vaginal stenosis.

Why does it hurt to wear a tampon after having a baby?

Sometimes it's slightly painful to insert or remove a tampon simply because your vagina is dry. You may also be drier after childbirth or during breast-feeding or perimenopause, when levels of estrogen are low. Using a lubricant should help relieve the dryness and make it easier for the applicator to slide in.

Can a 12 year old wear a tampon?

There is no right age for starting to use tampons -- it's an individual decision. For some girls who have a small vaginal opening, it may be difficult and uncomfortable to insert a tampon. For these girls, it's probably a good idea to wait until they've matured a bit more and the vaginal opening has stretched out.