I was forewarned that this was the most painful procedure they do. After 5 natural childbirths; I was ready to be me again. I didn't care how miserable I'd be. And I was! In pain; a lot of it. It lasted one week. Nothing would stop it. I bled on and off; most;ly it was getting up to go to the bathroom. I had to roll to my right to try to plant my feet on the floor. There is not sitting up when your muscles have just ben pulled together by 2 inches, then stitched in place. It is simply an ongoing abdominal cramp that won;t let go. I am happy now, but I don't suggest it to younger girls who might be able to work the skin off another way.