17 September, 2019 •
When Can I have Sex After Breast Surgery!
Right, let’s get down to business ;)
Different surgeons will probably have their own guidelines and timeframes on this particular topic so make sure you check with yours.
No Sex For the First Two Weeks
- You have paid a lot of money for your new breasts and it is important to rest as much as possible to allow your body to recover. Having sex within the first two weeks following a breast augmentation can lead to some pretty serious consequences -
- Sex raises your blood pressure, increases your heart rate, and sexual arousal causes an increase in flood flow to the breasts. This may result in excess swelling and haematoma (bleeding) in the implant cavity. Long term complications of this may include capsular contracture.
- Vigorous physical activity can damage internal stitches and displace the implant, moving it out of the correct position in the breast pocket. In extreme cases, patients can even reopen their surgical incision! (Believe me, I've seen it happen).
- If you are on the pill, the antibiotics that you are prescribed after surgery will interfere with the pill’s effectiveness – additional protection will be required - you CAN get pregnant straight after surgery.
After Two Weeks
- Gentle sex is allowed – but the breasts are a no touch zone.
After Four Weeks
- You and your partner can start to involve the breast area – but make sure this is done gently.
- Avoid mouth to nipple contact (for around 3 months).
Why? So glad you asked…Your partner’s mouth bacteria has the potential to travel down the nipple ducts which could cause an infection around the implant.
No Bouncing For 12 Weeks
If things are getting heated, make sure you have a firm fitted sports bra on. Excessive bouncing while the skin is still healing can cause the implants to stretch the skin and this may lead to sagging.
Listen to your body – you are the expert. If something feels uncomfortable or hurts – then stop what you’re doing. Make sure you communicate with your partner and that they are gentle and respectful of your new assets.
- Nurse Justine
Or just feel free to email me your thoughts! I would love to hear from you :)