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When is Vaginal Intercourse Not Safe in Pregnancy?

by Maxine
Posted April 25 2011 03:27pm
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The following is a list of circumstances where it is likely that a healthcare provider may advise against vaginal intercourse.

The following is a list of circumstances where it is likely that a healthcare provider may advise against vaginal intercourse, or other penetrating sexual activities. In such circumstances, if they wish, couples may ask their doctors if they may substitute solitary or mutual-masturbation or oral sex as alternatives.

Check with your doctor to see if there is any reason you should not have intercourse.

  • You have experienced previous miscarriages, any spotting of blood or loss of fluid from the uterus.
  • Sexual activity is not safe if the cervix opens early. This can happen because of preterm labour or what the doctors call cervical incompetence. Semen contains prostaglandins (pronounced pro-stuh-glan-dins), a chemical substance that is absorbed in the tissues of the vagina and can cause contractions to begin. If you are at risk for preterm labour, this is not a good thing.
  • Sexual intercourse is not safe if the membranes surrounding the baby have ruptured because it is possible for infection to occur.
  • Lovemaking is also not recommended if you have what doctors call placenta previa (pronounced plah-cent-ah pree-via) or what they call a low-lying placenta. Either of these conditions can trigger serious bleeding and could result in preterm labour, even without intercourse.
  • If you are carrying more than one baby, the doctor may suggest that you abstain from sex sooner than you would if you were carrying only one baby.

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Safe Sex During Pregnancy

by Maxine
Posted April 29 2012 07:41pm
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Safer sex prevents either you or your partner from contracting or transmitting Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV, Syphilis and other diseases spread during sex. We recommend the use of condoms or dental dams throughout pregnancy because even a yeast infection can be passed between the couple.

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Sexuality and Pregnancy

by Maxine
Posted August 1 2010 07:04pm
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Are you worried about whether or not sexual activity before birth is safe? You're not alone. Many couples have these concerns. Will sex during pregnancy cause miscarriage or preterm labour? Does it harm the baby?

For most couples, it's safe to continue sexual activity throughout pregnancy. Orgasm and breast stimulation may make your uterus contract, but if things are going well in the pregnancy, this won't cause miscarriage or preterm labour.

Remember, the uterus is a muscular organ that completely surrounds the baby. During lovemaking the penis does not touch the baby. Also, the mucous plug at the cervix prevents bacteria and semen from getting into the uterus. The baby is always well protected. To ensure that intercourse is safe in your relationship halt any activity at once if there is pain or discomfort.

Remember it's always a good idea to consult your doctor or midwife with any questions and concerns, and follow any advice you’re given.

The following articles will answer more of your questions about sexuality during pregnancy.

 

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Does a woman's sexual interest change during pregnancy?

by Guest
Posted August 1 2010 07:15pm
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Keep in mind that every woman's pregnancy experience is unique. You may experience all kinds of changing feelings towards sexual activity. Pregnancy can or may not affect your sexual desire, your needs during lovemaking and your level of satisfaction. The hormonal, physical and emotional changes experienced during pregnancy can affect how you feel about sex and how you respond to it. These feelings and responses may change in each trimester.

Here are some of the more typical changes:

  • Exhaustion, raging hormones, tender breasts and self-consciousness about weight gain can bring your sex drive to a halt. Sometimes you simply need rest to regain energy and sexual interest.
  • Many women find that pregnancy makes them want sex more. That’s because of all of those hormones. For some women, their new voluptuous bodies can play a role in making them feel sexier, too. 
  • Breast tenderness or soreness may occur during the pregnancy for some women. This is the time to encourage your partner to explore other parts of your body and find other ways to caress you. 
  • There is increased blood flow to the pelvic area that can result in engorgement of the genitals and heighten the sensation. For some women this is wonderfully pleasurable and for others this can be uncomfortable.
  • Some women find they are drier and do not seem to have as much natural lubricant. You will find a number of personal lubricant products in any pharmacy. Consult with the doctor or pharmacist about which product may be best for you.

Will a woman's sexual interest change during pregnancy with each trimester?

The more cyclical changes that occur as you progress through each trimester include:

  • 1st Trimester: A surprising number of women do not feel like making love at all. This is a time when many women are tired out and nauseous, and some are vomiting quite regularly.
  • 2nd Trimester: Many of those women start feeling normal again. (Unfortunately, not all.) Their sexual appetite may even be on the rise now due to an increase in blood flow to the vagina and in vaginal discharge. On another note, some women may lose interest in intercourse because of their growing abdomen, which can leave them feeling unattractive.
  • 3rd Trimester: There is a decrease in sex drive for a number of women. This is often due to the increased size and discomforts of the growing baby. This can cause breathlessness, fatigue and the downward pressure as the baby settles into the pelvis. Toward the end of pregnancy some women may also experience cramping and backache with orgasm.

 

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