Tampons HURT first period after delivery. WTF?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@daybyday:  Oh my GOD!  That sounds terrible 🙁  I’m so sorry you have had to deal with all this crap.  So unfair.  I have not yet had my first period, so I don’t have any advice.  Could you use a pad in the meantime?  (I know- YUCK) But it isn’t like you don’t have 1,000 baby wipes you could keep in the bathroom to ‘freshen’ up.

I know that post-partum hormones cause the lady bits to be much drier than usual, so maybe the tampons aren’t sliding in like they used to?  

Post # 4
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Are you breastfeeding?

Since this is your first PPAF, it’s likely you have dryness associated to either breastfeeding or your body still being hormonally out of whack since childbirth. It’s normal, but sucky. I don’t use tampons and didn’t get af until 14m PP, but I know sex was really tough for me for 3 months after birth. I had a tear, and breastfed, so it didn’t heal very quickly and was very sore.

If you had any type of trauma to that area, like tearing, it’s also very possible that’s the issue, along with the dryness.


Sorry I can’t offer any more advice to make it easier 🙁

Post # 6
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@daybyday:  The tear could very well be the culprit. I had a small tear and was breastfeeding, and my perineum had issues for many, many months.

Even not bfing, your hormones are still not back to what they were pre-baby 🙁 I hope you can find a resolution soon. I know how miserable it is!

Post # 8
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@daybyday:  I went to my OB at around… 12 weeks PP because I STILL couldn’t have sex. It hurt so damned bad. It was like…the muscles hurt..if that makes any sense. It was bad. She told me some women, especially those bfing, take longer to heal, as the perineum needs estrogen, etc.

DH and I were able to DTD a few weeks later..but it still wasn’t great. It was probably 9 months pp before there was no pain during sex, and occasionally (like around my period), that whole area hurts again. It’s tolerable though.

I only had a minor tear, but for some reason it took forever to heal..to the point that I think maybe it was more muscle or nerve issues than the tear? I’m not sure.

I didn’t need any corrective procedures, although I do have a bit of…skin or something that just kind of is “there.” I’m assuming from how they stitched me up? I will be speaking to my OB after I’m done having kids to see if it’s worth fixing.

I’m also spacing my kids further apart, so I will have to wait it out as well.

You WILL feel better. With my issues, they seemed to resolve quite quickly, when they finally started improving.


Post # 11
1241 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@daybyday:  It’s been years since my kids were born (they are 14 and 12 now) but I had a second degree tear with my first, and I didn’t even attempt tampons until a good four or five periods had passed. 

At four months out, the tear should be well healed, and that isn’t likely to be causing your problem. My best guess would be simply that your chemistry has changed. This is your first cycle PP, and it’s just going to take some time for your body to re-establish itself. My periods completely changed between my children, and returned to pre-baby status after my tubal. Your body will do some odd things, and we just have to adjust.

Good luck.

Post # 13
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It’s very common after birth for the inner lining of the vagina to be more sensitive, and even tighter than before delivery. It will get better!!!

Post # 13
1 posts

daybyday:  I’m having the same problem. I’ve been able to keep one in for about 2 hours, but it hurts everytime I move. Its like its sucking me dry and chaffing. I’m sorry you’re going through this too.

Post # 14
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I had to use pads for several months. It still hurts sometimes at 9m PP and sex still isn’t great. I only had a tiny tear with two stitches too. I think everyone is different. If it’s really bad you can ask your dr.

Post # 15
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

lovemygsp:  Just as a head’s up, this thread is a year old so OP may not respond. 🙂

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