Having Sex to Induce Labor: Does It Work?

pregnant bellyBig news for those of you who wonder about pregnant nookie. You've heard that semen contains prostaglandin, right? Or that an orgasm can release it? Well, I guess they don't muster quite enough prostaglandin to trigger labor. Apparently, sex doesn't induce labor after all.

Researchers in Malaysia invited 1,100 women who were 35 to 38 weeks pregnant to, well, have at it with their baby-daddies. They told half to "have sex frequently." They gave no directions to the other half, only told them that while sex during pregnancy is safe the effects are unknown. And after all that whoopie, none of it seemed to make a difference.


The "sex all the time" party crew delivered on average at 39 weeks, just like the other group. So ... yay? I guess? Does anyone out there really enjoy having sex during those last few weeks, anyway?

I remember sex during the first half of pregnancy being ex-tre-me-ly fun. I was super sensitive, let's just put it that way. Oh sure, there were times when I was too nauseated or asleep to have sex -- but when I was awake and willing, whee!!!

But that's the first half. Then you get bigger. And your positions get limited. Near the end there's like one or two ways you can go about things, and you're just so physically uncomfortable it's almost something you do only out of charity, really. Or because it's your last chance to make a lot of noise before it wakes up the baby.

I actually did have sex just hours before I went into labor and all this time I've been crediting that with inducing it. But maybe it was just time? Or maybe it was the super-hot curry I had for dinner. Anyway, I guess this is less "YEAH! fist pump" good news for most expecting couples more "phew, one less thing to worry about" good news. So ... thanks science. And to all my friends who I told to just have sex when they were late delivering? Yeah, never mind. I was wrong.

How do you feel about sex during the last few weeks of pregnancy?


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