Angela Gallo during labor. Photo courtesy of Lacey Barratt Photography. Ask most women about their birthing stories, and sexual pleasure doesn't come into play.
Does sex induce labor?
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Even if you've never given birth before, it probably doesn't surprise you to hear that labor hurts. Of course it does. Childbirth is the biggest physical feat your body will ever achieve, which should make you feel like a rock star, although it maybe has you feeling more anxious than anything else. Yes, it hurts, but there are techniques you can try to ease the pain of labor.
When it is time for your baby to be born, your body will go through a series of changes to prepare for and complete the birthing process. Like pregnancy, your labor and delivery will be different from any other woman's. In fact, each time you give birth, your labor and delivery will probably be different. Labor is divided into two phases: early, or latent, labor and active labor.
But can sex induce labor in full-term women? And are there risks for having sex in the last few weeks of pregnancy? While studies on the topic are still limited, sexy time could be your ticket to labor and delivery. Sex might seem the obvious solution to speeding along labor: Contractions of the uterus are part and parcel of having an orgasm, and they can be quite powerful and last up to half an hour. Sperm contains prostaglandins, or fatty acids that act like hormones, which are also produced by your uterus to thin and dilate the cervix and jump-start contractions in preparation for delivery.