Women who come to me for labiaplasty are typically those who take good care of themselves physically. For that reason, they frequently ask me how soon they can return to exercising after their procedure. Let’s examine the subject of your post-labiaplasty exercise program.
There are some mild exercises that you can begin immediately after the surgery. For instance, walking is fine within just a day or two after you return home. Within two weeks, you can return to a mild cardio regimen. And then in about three weeks after the procedure, you can do things such as swimming or riding a bike, providing your scars are completely healed and most of the swelling and bruising has resolved.
These are general guidelines. For specifics, you should consult with the staff at the medical center where you had your surgery done. In general, they will be glad to coach you throughout your recovery. They’ll also make sure you’re physically prepared to begin exercising again.
Personally, I not only think it’s ok to start exercising soon after your surgery, I highly recommend it. Two of the main purposes for having labiaplasty are so you will look younger and feel better. But surgery only goes so far. Exercise is often the missing ingredient that will finish the process of creating a new, younger you. To get the best results, I suggest you train at least three times a week. Training twice will help you maintain your current level of fitness, but you won’t see much visible change. It’s the third time per week where results become visible.
It’s important, as your exercise gets more intense, that you wear fitted exercise clothing with some padding in the crotch area. For the first few weeks, you’ll still be susceptible to some irritation and discomfort even if you wear tight gym clothing with padding-so best abstaining for the first two weeks. Spandex is a good garment to wear and it even looks sexy, as no longer you have the hypertrophic labia. However, as far as intense exercise wait until you’re better healed from the surgery!
And finally, for those who consider sexual activity their “workout,” remember to take it easy. The average patient is ready to resume normal sex within six weeks, but this is just a norm. Some people might take longer, and regardless, in the interim period, any sexual activity should be slow and gentle.
Eventually you’ll get back to full activity in both exercise and sex. But in the meantime, remember not to push yourself beyond what feels comfortable.