This approach drastically changed my relationship with my partner, too. Like many women post-birth, my sex drive
was low. There are so many reasons for low libido
. To start biologically, after birth, we experience a drop in oestrogen, which can cause low sex drive and vaginal dryness
that may make sex painful. Also, people who breastfeed
experience a rise in a hormone called prolactin, which stimulates milk production and further drives down oestrogen. Then there are the many societal pressures that make it difficult to have a healthy sex life postpartum. There is this expectation that mums are able to do it all: They should be able to keep a home clean, get enough rest, stay healthy and fit, please their partners, and also be happy and loving every day of the week. But here’s the thing: Only a robot has the capacity to make this happen within a 24-hour day. It is nearly impossible and it’s definitely not sustainable. Still, this expectation to always have it together is why I struggled to feel sensual. Sensuality for me only comes when I feel balanced and healthful.