Is it ok to masturbate during pregnancy?
It is generally perceived that masturbating during pregnancy is safe, in some instances it can provide health benefits, such as lowering stress and promoting blood flow.Women experience different effects on their libido whilst pregnant, their hormones have a large effect on this.
Women often wonder whether masturbating while pregnant is safe or if there are any risks. The good news is that, in most cases, it is totally safe. Dr Petrina Duncan welcomes consultation in regard to your own personal contextual consideration in this regard.
Masturbation is safe during low-risk pregnancies.In most low-risk pregnancies, masturbation is a perfectly safe way to relieve stress and manage an elevated libido. Consultation with Dr Petrina or your chosen health professional is advised. Sex toys can be utilised as long as hygeine is maintained and all toys are clean.
Wash all toys with soap and water to prevent bacteria from entering the vagina. Hands should also be clean and nails trimmed to prevent any risk of cuts or lacerations.
Are there benefits?
Masturbation, including during pregnancy, can be good for the body. Some women even report stronger or more intense orgasms while pregnant.
Some benefits of masturbation during pregnancy include:
Are there side effects?Later on in pregnancy, a woman may notice increased Braxton-Hicks contractions following an orgasm. These contractions, though sometimes uncomfortable, are nothing to worry about. There are other cramping sensations that can be associated with the post orgasmic state but these should remain mild. If they raise any concern, you should always consider contacting Dr. Petrina or your chosen health provider
Are there any risks?
There are no risks associated with masturbation for a woman having a low-risk pregnancy who has no complications or other medical issues.
When preterm labor is a risk, however, vaginal penetration — or even having an orgasm — can trigger labor. In these cases, the doctor may recommend avoiding intercourse or orgasms to lower the chances of premature delivery.
As identified above without appropriate consideration there are potential risks of infection from grazes and cuts caused by long nails.
When to avoid masturbating during pregnancy
This advise may be that a woman avoids having orgasms altogether or only refrain from vaginal penetration, for example.
The Uterine muscle contracts during orgasm. In some situations, this can trigger early labor, premature delivery, or other serious complications.
If vaginal penetration is to be avoided, masturbation or mutual masturbation with a partner can be a good alternative. However if an orgasm is contra-indicated and has been advised against then one should avoid masturbation and all other sexual activity.
If the water has broken or if there is any vaginal bleeding, refrain from masturbation and other sexual activity. Always consult your chosen health professional.
Some sexual activity is not safe during pregnancy and as with most things, whilst pregnant consultation with your chosen health professional is advised.
All content is strictly informational and should not be considered medical advice.
Petrina Duncan, Obstetrician, Gynaecologist, and mother. Writes about events, news issues and health issues.