Sex after Surgery: Labiaplasty

Understanding the recovery period for labiaplasty surgery will help patients plan a return to physical and intimate activities.

Sex after Surgery: Labiaplasty

Written by Medical Quality Officer, David Jones , MPharm

Published: Wednesday, 29 September 2021

When considering moving forward with labiaplasty surgery, patients often have a common question: "how long after labiaplasty surgery can I have sex?". Here are important things to consider when deciding on having the procedure.

How long after labiaplasty surgery can I have sex?

Following labiaplasty, patients need to wait until they’re around 4 to 8 weeks post-op and feel up to engaging in physical activity such as sex. Overexertion in the initial stages of recovery could be detrimental to the surgical results. The area will be tender, swollen and potentially painful, so it’s important to avoid all sexual activities until these sensations have passed and the area has recovered. If patients do attempt to have sex or masturbate and find it’s uncomfortable they should stop and wait for more recovery time to pass.

What risks are there to having sex after labiaplasty surgery?

It’s important to wait until the labia have healed enough before engaging in intimate activities. The biggest concern with labiaplasty surgery and sexual activity is damaging the healing wound. In addition, physical engagement such as sex places pressure on the healing skin and could lead to a complication with the healing of the wounds. Agitation to the area could lead to infection if the wounds have not yet closed.

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