When Can Intercourse Be Done After Labiaplasty?

I have an appointment for labiaplasty next week. The doctor suggests waiting 2 weeks until having intercourse but all the websites say 6-8 weeks. Does anyone know the answer?

Doctor Answers 10

Sex after labiaplasty

 In my view and from my patient's feedback, intercourse at two weeks is way too early.  On average, most patients say around 2 to 3 months.  Good luck.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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For my Patients, return to most normal activities immediately after surgery with the exception of activities that will create direct pressure on the area, such as certain exercise equipment and sexual activity. It will be necessary to refrain from these forms of physical activity for approximately 4-6 weeks

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Wait six weeks for sex after labiaplasty

Thank you for your question. I generally recommend six weeks after labiaplasty and/or clitoral hood reduction before engaging in sexual activity including masturbation. The incisions may not quite be ready for all the friction and pressure that accompanies sexual activity. I would definitely check with your surgeon on their post-op instructions.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Sex after labiaplasty

Recovery after labiaplasty varies for each patient and you should follow your surgeon's advice. Although 2 weeks sounds quite short, your surgeon may have a reason for this. I usually suggest 4-6 weeks.

Leila Kasrai, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Intercourse After Labiaplasty

I usually advise patients that they shouldn't have sexual intercourse for the first six to eight weeks after surgery. However, you should ask your surgeon why 2 weeks is suitable for you. Perhaps they have a good reason.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 179 reviews

Sex / intercourse after labiaplasty

I recommend waiting at least 4-6 weeks prior to having sexual intercourse following a labiaplasty. Two weeks is definitely too early.

Joseph Michaels, MD
Bethesda Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Intercourse after Labiaplasty?

Sexual  intercourse should be refrained from for at least six weeks after the surgery to allow proper healing of the wounds to occur. The strength of the scar requires six weeks to achieve approximately 85 to 90% of its original strength. After this period of time the comfort of the patient should decide when sexual activity should resume. Some patients take a bit longer for the tenderness to dissipate than others and this often plays the most important role in making this determination.

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 110 reviews

Wait at least six weeks after labiaplasty before sexual intercourse

Labiaplasty is a surgical technique to reduce the amount of skin and mucosal tissue in the labia of a female patient. Patients receiving this surgery should wait at least six weeks to allow this tissue to heal appropriately and safely before engaging in sexual intercourse.

Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Sex after labiaplasty


This depends upon technique. I ask my patients to wait until I have cleared them based upon how the area appears to be healing or wait 4-6 weeks if they are from out of town.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Sex restrictions following labiaplasty

We recently completed a study of 50 women who underwent the procedure. Although we have typicallly told patients that they could resume sexual activity by six weeks, most of our patients told us that they did not feel comfortable having sex until 12 weeks. 

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 82 reviews

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