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Why sex right after giving birth isn't a good idea

(HealthDayNews) -- If exhaustion and lack of sleep aren't reasons enough to refrain from love-making right after you give birth, here's another reason: It could be fatal.

British researchers reporting several cases of killer air embolisms -- bubbles in the bloodstream - that were caused by sex too close to the early days of birthing. What happens, they say, is that a woman's uterus in that delicate time has widely dilated blood vessels. All the commotion caused by sex can drive air into those vessels, which can lead to fatal clotting.

The researchers are quick to point out that there were only 18 cases of this kind of killer sex in England between 1967 and 1993. Even so, they say, a woman's risk is high for several weeks after giving birth.

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