Health ailments after natural birth - is there a way to deal with them?
Excess body fat, stretch marks, loss of firmness of the skin - these health and aesthetic problems are most often mentioned in the context of childbirth. Meanwhile, the female body has to deal with much more serious problems related to intimate spheres, such as vaginal tissue relaxation and urinary incontinence. What is the reason for them? Is it possible to deal with them? Read the article and learn more.
Natural childbirth is a huge burden on the female body. The perineum is the most vulnerable to changes - the reproductive canal must adapt to the moving baby's head.
Relaxation of vaginal tissues and quality of sexual life
During childbirth, the woman's body is affected by a number of factors that are intended to facilitate the delivery of the baby to the world. Among them are hormones:
- relaxation - relaxing effect on the pubic joint;
- oestrogen - facilitating vaginal stretching.
These substances, combined with the force with which the baby's head acts on the reproductive canal, make the vaginal tissue, surrounding muscles and perineal skin relax.
The vagina usually returns to its prenatal condition after 6-8 weeks. However, this time can be extended by breastfeeding, which reduces the oestrogen secretion responsible for tissue elasticity. However, many women still complain about uncomfortable vaginal relaxation long after giving birth. This can be caused:
- individual predispositions of the body, such as pelvic floor muscle performance;
- number of childbirths - after several childbirths the muscles lose their elasticity and shrink harder;
- the size of the child;
- perineum incision - it is made in 90% of women who give birth for the first time in order to prevent the perineum from breaking automatically (the way in which the perineum is sewn together is also important).
Relaxation of vaginal tissues can in turn cause discomfort and reduced satisfaction from sex life for both partners.
Frequent urinary incontinence problem
Another problem that women often complain about after natural birth (especially the next one) is urinary incontinence. This problem is usually aggravated by coughing, sneezing or lifting weights (so called stress urinary incontinence). The reason for this is usually an injury to connective tissue caused by the foetus or relaxation of pelvic day muscles and relaxation of ligaments, which are responsible for closing the urethra, among other things. Studies show that 80% of women after childbirth suffer damage to the innervation of these muscles.
It is estimated that up to 25% of women aged between 18 and 48 years of age struggle with urinary incontinence. Fortunately, it is fully curable.
Kegel Muscle Training - an ally in the fight for women's comfort
Pelvic floor muscles (known as Kegel muscles) can help you get back to your prenatal condition. It consists in several times tightening and relaxing the muscles of the vagina and anus. These exercises should be performed even several times a day - even before giving birth.
Strengthening the pelvic day muscles allows:
- return to sexual activity faster;
- get more satisfaction from sex;
- get to grips with the incontinence problem faster.
Aesthetic gynaecology for improved quality of life
The most effective solution of intimate problems after childbirth, however, is considered to be laser treatments performed in an aesthetic medicine office. These procedures allow to get rid of both urinary incontinence and vaginal relaxation.