How to do perineal massage

Perineal massage is a great way to reduce the risk of tearing during childbirth, and it can also help improve your overall comfort during pregnancy. This blog post will explore the advantages of perineal massage and how you can do it yourself. 

perineal massage in pregnancy,

Perineal massage is a preventative measure to help reduce the risk of tearing during childbirth. The perineum is the area between the vaginal opening and the anus.


To do a perineal massage:


  1. Apply a water-soluble lubricant to your thumbs and index fingers.


  1. Look for the soft tissue between your vagina and the anus. You should feel a small, firm ridge of tissue there.


  1. Gently massage the tissue in a U-shape motion from side to side, up and down, for about 5 minutes. Avoid pressing too hard or causing pain.


  1. When you’re done, wash your hands and perineum with warm water and mild soap.

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When to start perineal massage during pregnancy,

Perineal massage should ideally be started in the last few weeks of pregnancy. It can, however, be started earlier if necessary. Many women find that perineal massage is most effective when done regularly, about 3-4 times per week.

How to do perineal massage

Here is a quick explanation on how to do perineal massage: 


  1. Wash your hands and massage lubricant into your perineum, using your fingers to ensure it is evenly distributed.


  1. With your middle and index finger, press gently but firmly into the fleshy part of your perineum in an upward motion. You should feel resistance as you push upward. 


  1. Repeat this motion for two minutes or until you feel a burning sensation. If this occurs, reduce the pressure you are applying. 


  1. After massaging, wash your hands and perineum with soap and water.


What is perineal massage?

Perineal massage aims to improve blood circulation and promote healing in this sensitive area. Perineal massage can be performed using various techniques, but the most common is with the thumb and forefinger.


To begin, find a comfortable position, either lying down or sitting up. Apply a lubricant to your thumb and forefinger, and then insert them into the vagina. Gently massage the perineum in a circular motion for two to three minutes. You may feel slightly burning as you massage, but this should dissipate after a minute. If it persists, discontinue the massage and consult your doctor.


Perineal massage is usually performed once or twice daily for four to six weeks. It is essential to be consistent with the massage, as this will help to ensure maximum benefit. Consult your doctor before beginning the perineal massage, especially if you are pregnant or have other health concerns.

Why do perineal massage?

Perineal massage is often recommended to pregnant women to help prevent tearing during childbirth. Massaging the perineum with oil helps to soften and stretch the tissue, making it less likely to tear during delivery.


There are a few ways to do perineal massage. One method is to use your thumbs to massage the perineum in a circular motion, going from the bottom of the vagina toward the anus. Another approach is to place your index and middle fingers in the vagina and press downwards towards the anus while spreading your fingers apart.


Whichever method you choose, use plenty of lubricants, so your skin does not get irritated. You should do perineal massage for 5-10 minutes daily during the last 4-6 weeks of pregnancy.

How to do perineal massage

Perineal massage is a great way to keep your perineum healthy and elastic. Here are a few helpful tips on how to do perineal massage the right way:


  1. Find a comfortable position. You can sit on the toilet, stand with one leg on a stool, or lie down on your back with your knees bent.


  1. Apply lubricant to your fingers and massage the perineum in a “U” shape from front to back and side to side.


  1. Use your thumb and forefinger to stretch the perineum sideways gently.


  1. Repeat the massage for 5 minutes three times a week.


What are the benefits of perineal massage?

There are many benefits of perineal massage, including:


-Reduced risk of tearing during childbirth

-Shortened labor and delivery time

– Reduced postpartum healing time

– Reduced discomfort during pregnancy

– Increased sexual pleasure after childbirth



Perineal massage is a great way to reduce the risk of tearing during childbirth. It’s easy to do and only takes a few minutes each day. You can do it yourself or have your partner help you. Start massaging the perineum about 4-6 weeks before your due date. Doing perineal massage regularly can help your perineum stretch and become more elastic, making it less likely to tear during childbirth.