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Top 10 Things That Can Reduce Sex Drive

        Health | Sexuality

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Libido and Baby

Here's another ironic twist in the wonderful world of sex. That little bundle of joy that transforms a couple into a family can also deflate even the most robust sex drive. And the reasons are many.

Start with the physical demands that the act of natural childbirth puts on a woman. New moms (even those who delivered without complication) need between four and eight weeks to heal. If the delivery required medical intervention -- such as an episiotomy (an incision of the perineum and vaginal wall to assist delivery) -- the recovery period can be even longer.

Women who delivered via Caesarian section likewise need to recover. Coupled with postpartum blues, new moms can feel inundated, and many experts recommend listening to their own bodies with regard to resuming sexual activity. In other words, there's no distinct timeline. Men concerned about hurting their partners postpartum face similar issues.

If mom and dad are sharing the overnight care responsibilities, sleep deprivation can also wreak havoc on the couple's love life. Be patient. In the same vein, if a new mother is breast-feeding, her body will likely experience hormonal shifts that can leave her vagina dry and sore to the touch. Kegel exercises will help new moms tone their pelvic muscles.

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