When Can I Have Sex After Weight Loss Surgery?
Undergoing bariatric surgery in Las Vegas with Dr. Thomas Umbach of Blossom Bariatrics is a life-changing event! By having weight loss surgery, you are starting on the journey toward living a healthier, more fulfilling life.
For many adults, one aspect of living a fulfilling life is having sex with their spouse or loved one. At Blossom Bariatrics, many clients ask us when they can start having sex after their weight loss surgery. Read on for the answer to this important question.
Recovering After Weight Loss Surgery
Bariatric surgery is a major surgery, and you should take it easy while you recover from your procedure. Taking good care of yourself while you heal ultimately leads to a faster and better recovery. However, the recovery period varies by client, depending on the type of weight loss surgery performed and other individual factors.
In general, you can expect to be up and moving within a few hours of your bariatric surgery. You may feel sore or experience discomfort, but these symptoms are normal and should subside with time.
Any discomfort can be managed with oral pain medication. Just be sure not to drive while under the influence of the pain medication. Although you may move slowly at first, you should notice incremental improvements with each passing day.
You can return to your normal light everyday activities such as walking, cooking and grocery shopping as soon as you feel up to it. However, do not force yourself to engage in any activity that causes pain or severe discomfort.
The Million Dollar Question
In the same way that the recovery period varies by client, so does the "waiting period" for having sex. Some clients are able to resume their sex life within a week or 10 days after surgery while others wait two to three weeks. It just depends on how you are feeling and how your recovery is progressing. Listen to your body, and go easy. If having sex does not cause any pain or discomfort, there is no reason to abstain. If it starts to feel uncomfortable, or you are unable to perform other light activities, you may want to wait longer before trying again.
Note: It is strongly advised that women of childbearing age use effective birth control during the first 16 to 25 months after weight loss surgery. This is because getting pregnant during this time places added demands on a woman's body too soon after bariatric surgery, and it increases the risk of fetal damage.
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