Orgasm During pregnancy: Is it Right?
Asides new orgasms pregnancy, comes with a lot of new experiences.. from you being overly emotional to being sensitive to the extent of being nauseated at the slightest odor you perceive. You have asked your OB almost all the questions you can think of including sex-wise. And there might be one question lingering on your mind on this topic. The big O – Orgasm.
Is it OK to have an orgasm during pregnancy? (And if you’ve already had one, why did it feel really, really good — better than it ever has before?)
The short answer is yes, in most cases, it’s absolutely fine to have an orgasm while pregnant — in fact, it can also be a great for your emotional and mental well-being.
The Myth that orgasm causes early labor.
Most of us have heard it and it makes sense if you are among those that actually believe it and you’d hesitate to have an orgasm before your due date for fear of preterm birth. But here’s the thing: This just isn’t true. The rumor persists, but it’s been debunked. In one 2014 study, researchers divided pregnant women into two groups — ones who had sex twice a week and ones who abstained. The women were at term — meaning, baby was ready to make their appearance. But researchers found no statistically significant difference in the two groups when it came to onset of labor.
And as we’ve already mentioned, a much larger review of studies similarly found that sex didn’t increase risk of spontaneous labor.
So is it ever not safe to have Orgasm?
When it comes to sex during pregnancy, there’s a lot that can cause hesitation: You may not feel “in the mood,” thanks to hormones and morning sickness; your partner may worry about “poking the baby” or otherwise hurting you; and you both may have concerns about orgasms and uterine contractions.
Always check with your doctor about whether you, specifically, are OK to have sex. But if your doctor hasn’t told you otherwise, and your pregnancy is low risk, it’s generally completely safe to get it on between the sheets.
In fact, when researchers looked at studies involving 1,483 pregnant women, they found that there were no significant differences between those who had sex during their pregnancy and those who didn’t when it came to inducing labor contractions.
However, if you have any of the following, your doctor may indeed tell you to abstain from sexual activity:
spotting or bleeding
incompetent cervix (when the cervix is shorter than about 22 millimeters and you’re at higher risk for preterm birth)
vasa previa (when the umbilical cord vessels run too close to the cervix)
placenta previa (when the placenta covers the cervix)
Also, don’t have sex if your water has already broken. Amniotic fluid forms a protective barrier between your baby and the outside world — without it, you’re more at risk for infection.
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