Post-pregnancy people and new mamas: have you heard about this trick to help soothe vaginal trauma post childbirth? The irony of using pregnancy prevention methods to make your vagina feel better post-baby isn’t lost on us.
Apparently filling the condoms with water and having them on hand is just a tricksy way of having a perfectly shaped ice pack at the ready. It’s basically just a homemade version of this kind of product. For external use only, of course!
There are even doctors giving the thumbs up to condoms as ice packs…
Lauren Streicher, M.D., an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, tells SELF that she and her colleagues used to make these for new moms in the hospital when she was in her residency. “We had a whole freezer full of them at the hospital,” she says, noting they were for external use.
Let the store clerk have a good giggle at a pregnant person buying a big box of condoms if you want. Also note that some mamas recommend a few other things to help with post-partum pain:
- a spray bottle of warm water
- maxi pad–shaped disposable ice packs (like these)
- witch hazel cooling pads (like these)
- ibuprofen or acetaminophen
Are you planning to fill up some condom balloons to soothe your downstairs parts post-pregnancy? What pain management wisdom can you share with us?