Sex After Labiaplasty?

I am now 7 weeks after my labiaplasty and everything is healing well, I just had sex for the first time after the operation and i had some pain and the area swelling badly, specially around my vagina where the stiches end, there is small bump there that doctor said it will go away with time but after sex it gets harder painful and swelling, is that normal?

Doctor Answers 17

Sex after labiaplasty

I typically ask that patients refrain from sex for at least six to eight weeks, or longer if it is painful. Please see your surgeon to discuss your concern, and trust their opinion.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty recovery and intimacy after surgery

There may be a retained suture that is causing some pain. I always feel that patients know their body's well and would encourage you to come in for an examination to examine the area. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty healing

I advise my labiaplasty patients to avoid intercourse for at least 6-8 weeks after surgery. It takes several months for a labiaplasty to completely heal and for all the swelling to resolve. If you have increased swelling and pain after intercourse, you may want to wait a few more weeks to allow it to heal before trying again.

I hope this helps and wish you all the best!

James Knoetgen, III, MD
Fresno Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Sex after Labiaplasty

You are still early in the post operative period after your labiaplasty.  It is not uncommon to experience mild pain and swelling the first few times you have sex after this procedure.  It is important to make sure that you did not disrupt the incision line.  If there was bleeding or persistent swelling, you need to see your plastic surgeon as soon as possible and refrain from more sex until you are cleared.  If there was no other issues, you should make sure to use plenty of lubrication the next time you have sex.  If the pain worsens with more sex, then again see your plastic surgeon.

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

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.
If you experienced very focal pain with sexual activity, then you may still have a suture that is causing discomfort.  I would follow-up with your surgeon who can examine to see if there that can be addressed.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Sex after Labiaplasty

I normally tell my patients that they may resume full sexual activity 6 weeks after labiaplasty provided that they are otherwise healing well.  You may have a suture that hasn't fully dissolved which is causing that bump.  I recommend asking your surgeon to evaluate it in person.  Good luck!

Sacha Obaid, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 134 reviews

Sex after labiaplasty

I suggest you see your surgeon to check this out. You may either need to hold off on sex for a few more weeks or there could be something going on that needs to be addressed. Also, make sure to take it easy at first, since you'll be quite sensitive down there and use lots of lubrication.

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

Sex following labiaplasty

I prefer for my patients to avoid sexual intercourse for at least one month following labiaplasty surgery.

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Sex After Labiaplasty?

I normally recommend waiting at least six weeks, and then using plenty of lubrication.  That's assuming that everything is well-healed after the surgery.  So, the first question is whether or not that's the case with you?  You should contact your PS to discuss this.  If you are already well-healed, then using a bit more lubrication should be adequate, along with a bit of patience.  If there are any problems with your healing, then those should be addressed by your surgeon.

I hope that this helps and good luck,

Dr. E

Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 125 reviews

Intimacy 7 weeks after labiaplasty

Thanks for the question. If the healed suture line was pain free and not tender before sex then its just physical friction induced redness swelling and anything more if there it is at 7 weeks after surgery since the wound is expected to heal by now. However if it has not healed totally and you had sex then there can be any thing depending upon the severity of the physical effort from both partners. I think a physical examination by your PS perhaps is better than our answers. Wish you good luck.

Ashok Govila, FRCS, MCh, MS
Dubai Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 88 reviews

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