Advertisement

How can I prevent intercourse and orgasm from leading to premature labor?

Hilda Y. Hutcherson, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

If you have a high-risk pregnancy or a history of premature labor, it’s best to abstain from sex. Otherwise, intercourse is safe for pregnant couples. And the orgasms of pregnancy may be some of your most intense. The hormone oxytocin is released during an orgasm (it also increases during breast stimulation). Oxytocin can also cause uterine contractions when you’re close to your delivery date. (According to some research, it’s actually possible -- although rare -- to have an orgasm while you’re giving birth!) But that doesn’t mean that climaxing will lead to early labor or a miscarriage. Although some research suggests that orgasmic contractions may trigger la­bor, newer studies have found that climaxing during intercourse has no effect on childbirth and may even protect against premature delivery.

 

 

 

The Good in Bed Guide to Sex and the Baby Years

More About this Book

The Good in Bed Guide to Sex and the Baby Years

Available at a substantial discount for a limited time only, thanks to support from K-Y(R) Brand!Once you get down to the business of baby-making, the advice will pour in: books, magazines, in-laws,...

Continue Learning about Pregnancy Complications

What You Need to Know About Miscarriages
What You Need to Know About Miscarriages
At least ten percent of all known pregnancies will end in miscarriage, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Pr...
Read More
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
UCLA HealthUCLA Health
High-risk pregnancies occur in less than 10 percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. However, the comp...
More Answers
What increases my risk for placenta previa?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Placenta previa occurs when the zygote implants in the lower uterine segment. Usually the zygote imp...
More Answers
Healthy Pregnancy Weight, Healthier Adult Children
Healthy Pregnancy Weight, Healthier Adult Children

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.