Sex with popped stitches

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I'm nearly 8 weeks post posterior repair and during week 1 I had an infection which caused one of the vaginal stitches to pop. I was assessed and was told I will heal from the inside out and that it could take some time. Said stitch / hole has not closed and I was wondering if it's still ok to have (try) sex?

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  • Posted

    I have the same surgery in 12 hours what caused the infection? I am sorry for your pain.
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      My surgeon said my body rejected the biodesign they used, the infection caused a build up of fluid which had to escape somewhere. it's been a really rollercoaster of a recovery but I'm finally feeling loads better now. Good luck with yours, I hope it goes ok X

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    I personally wouldn't have penetrative sex as that area that isn't fully healed is a prime site for infection. Plus the friction will disrupt the healing tissues of that area.

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    Hello lisa. IT is ok to try as long as your partner is gentle. You could try some lubricant if you're a bit dry but 8 weeks is the time when most Urogynaecologists like you to try because if it was week 1 when one of your stitches popped it will now be healed

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      That's a long time to heal. Not heard of it taking that long before. You have to remember some GP's have had gynae training for years! Are you having a post op check? In most areas Urogynaecologists like women to have tried sex before that appointment, it's a sign all is well. 

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      Yes it's at the end of August. It's really made no sign of closing yet, I had hoped at the time they'd pop another stick back in but they said it would heal itself. Guess time will tell.

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      Let your consultant make that decision, after all he's the expert however I would think there's a lot of women have sex because they aren't as aware as you. You have to remember that the vagina is self cleaning and Mother Nature is very clever and produces more secretions to prevent infections. I would be more concerned about the wound being made bigger than I would about infection.

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      Only a doctor (preferably your consultant because he knows how many he used) can tell you 100% but usually around 8 weeks it's ok to have sex because at the time of the post op check a consultant will usually ask if you've had intercourse.

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    Hope it will go well if you are going ahead with it. I was told to try it eight weeks post op at my six weeks check up. Looking forward to it but really nervous
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