Recommended Time Before Having Intercourse After Tummy Tuck?
- Asked by mamaags in haledon nj
- 4 years ago
How long must I wait to have intercourse after a Tummy Tuck?
Intercourse okay by 3 weeks after Tummy Tuck if healing goes well
If everything goes well in your healing 3 weeks would be the time limit. But PLEASE do not get pregnant. It would ruin the tummy tuck!
Sexual Intercourse After a Tummy Tuck
This a delicate question and the answer needs to be handled in a delicate fashion. The reason for not having sexual intercourse (SI) early after any surgery is because you do not want to raise your blood pressure, and therefore increase your changes of bleeding and getting a hematoma. No matter what position you and your partner use during SI, your abdominal muscles will come into play and you want to allow for reasonable repair of these muscles before engaging them in SI.
Back and forth shearing movements on your newly repaired abdominal wall could increase the chances of fluid buildup on your abdomen (seroma) which would increase the time of your recovery and also temporarily interfere with further SI.
A safe answer to your question is wait 3 to 4 weeks and let pain or discomfort be your guide.
Intercourse after tummy tuck
Your surgeon will talk to you about resuming relations. This will depend on muscle repair, presence of drains, and the progression of wound healing which are particular to your case. Psychologically, you and your partner must also feel comfortable before resuming relations. Remember that the lower part of your abdomen will feel numb for sometime after surgery.
Intercourse after tummy tuck
Here is the reasoning behind guidelines for activity restrictions after tummy tucks. During the procedure the muscles are tightened and blood vessels are cut. Activities that cause stress on the muscle repair and pressure on the sealed or tied blood vessels can lead to breakdown of the repair or bleeding.
The thought is that if you slowly get back to activities you can do more and more. For example, you can lift 10 -25 pounds right away as long as you proceed slowly with no sudden straining. Uncontrolled activities that can lead to sudden increases in pressure or stress are not advised for 6 weeks.
Intercourse tends to be one of those activities that involved uncontrolled physical stress so there is a significant risk of breaking down the repair and bleeding. Although there are no hard and fast rules, you should listen to your doctor.
Resuming Sexual Relations After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Before resuming relations, I would consult your Plastic surgeons. We all may have different opinions.
I do not think that you will be "in the mood" for at least 3-4 weeks after surgery. If after this period you wish to resume relations, I would advise you begin gently so as to not strain the transverse incision and the muscle repair. (I had a patient in her 50's who proudly told me she resumed relations after just two weeks - while I suspect others wait more than 4-6 weeks). Everyone is different and people heal at different rates.
Dr. P. Aldea
Resuming intercourse after a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
In my practice, I have had patients have intercourse the day after surgery because of their desires and not anything to do with my technique but that is one extreme that I do not recommend.
Most patients are physically not prepared nor willing to consider intercourse for a minimum of 4-6 weeks after surgery and even then certain precautions must be taken to avoid undue pressure on the operated portions of the body.
Intercourse after Tummy Tuck
There is no standard answer to this beause there are so many ways to have sex, and the degree of vigorousness must be considered. I strongly urge you to discuss this with your surgeon who can assess your degree of healing and advise you for your specific case.
Sex is great, but safety is better.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.