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anonymous on September 1, 2011

Is it okay to have an orgasm while pregnant?

I’m 20-years-old and five months into my first pregnancy. Lately, I’ve have been experiencing some abdominal pain after having a heavy orgasm. Is it unsafe for my baby if I have an orgasm during sex or masturbation at any time during pregnancy?

answered by Annette Fuglsang Owens, MD, PhD on September 1, 2011

Thanks so much for your question. I can understand why you’re concerned, and I’ll do my best to help.

First, rest assured that having orgasms during pregnancy is safe for both you and your baby. In fact, for some women – perhaps because of the change in hormones –  having sex (including sexual intercourse, masturbation, oral sex, etc.) while pregnant is the first time they experience an orgasm.

That said, some women – like you – experience pain or cramping after an orgasm when they’re pregnant, which may be related to the extra progesterone a woman’s body produces during pregnancy. So, as long as you only experience discomfort with orgasm, your symptom is probably normal and nothing to worry about.

If you have abdominal pain or cramping at other times, however, please be sure to see your obstetrician right away in case there’s a complication of any kind that needs to be addressed.

Also, keep in mind the possibility of preterm labor. This is when contractions start before the 37th week, in which casedoctors may encourage women to restrict their sexual activity. And, if you were pregnant with twins or triplets, your doctor would probably ask you to restrict or stop sexual activity (including orgasms) at this stage in your pregnancy.

Thanks again for your question, and I wish you a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Annette Fuglsang Owens, MD, PhD

Dr. Owens is an AASECT-certified sexuality counselor. Her areas of expertise include the medical aspects of human sexuality and sexual problems, as well as the impact of STDs ⎼ and other diseases, illnesses and disabilities ⎼ on sexuality. Dr. Owens was educated at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

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