Posted by: Lisa-Marie | 2005/11/19

Pain afer vaginal birth?

I had a vaginal delivery 9 days ago. I had some "small internal tears" which were stitched but no episiotomy.

My clitoris is very sore and I was wondering why this is. I have been taking sitz baths 2-3 times a day since delivery but am concerned about infection. Mi labia minora look a greyish colour (not sure if its just bruising and trauma)? How long should I expect to feel discomfort and should I do anything about my sore and tender clitoris? Not sure if I need to go back to the gynae or if this is all normal. Your advice would be appreciated

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Nine days is quite recent. You clitoris was probably involved in the bruising. Infection would cause pain and fever and a discharge. Give it another week to see if there is improvement.

Best wishes

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Posted by: Purple | 2005/11/21

Get one of those blow up swimming rings that toddlers use and sit on that whenever you sit down. It helps take the pressure off.

I had barely any pain after about 3 weeks, and by 5 weeks no pain and everything seemed mostly back to normal.

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Posted by: Nicky | 2005/11/19

I've had 2 natural births - no pain relief during labour or after and I can tell that what you are experiencing is normal. Of course you are going to feel discomfort - look at what you have just let you body do for you. The pain on the clitoris I remember feels like a pressure weighing down on it. Sitz baths are a good idea. Give it another 10 days or so - you'll start feeling a little bit more like you again. Well done!!!

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