Human semen is the biological source that is presumed to contain the highest prostaglandin concentration. The role of sexual intercourse in the initiation of labour is uncertain. The action of sexual intercourse in stimulating labour is unclear, it may in part be due to the physical stimulation of the lower uterine segment, or endogenous release of oxytocin as a result of orgasm or from the direct action of prostaglandins in semen.
You patiently await your due date, eyeing it on your calendar and instructing loved ones to prepare for it days in advance. But when the date comes and goes with nary a contraction, you might be tempted to take matters into your own hands and research how to induce labor yourself. According to a study by Schaffir and his colleagues, more than half of pregnant women turn to nonpharmacological approaches to hasten labor as they approach or go past their due datesbut fewer than half tell their doctors or midwives what they're up to.
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.
It's exhausting making a human and, at times, quite uncomfortable. Towards the end of pregnancy, especially if you've watched your due date come and go, you might start thinking about trying to induce your labor. After all, you've been at this whole pregnancy thing for nine long months what could be the harm in giving the whole labor process a little nudge?
By the time I was 39 weeks pregnant, I was more than ready to have my baby. On top of feeling uncomfortable almost constantly, the anticipation of experiencing labor for the first time and getting to meet my little one was becoming increasingly unbearable. Feeling incredibly anxious and apprehensive, the week before I gave birth I did a ton of research on how I could naturally induce labor.
Believe it or not, this one's not entirely an old wives' tale. If you're full term and have a partially softened and effaced cervix, there's a chance that getting frisky will help induce labor. Just don't rely on it as a surefire way to speed up the process.
I was huge and everything ached, and I was desperate to meet my babies. So I tried to induce labor myself. I got acupuncture for the first time in my life.
Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. An induced labour is one that's started artificially. It's fairly common.
This video is part of our series of videos all about the evidence on different natural induction methods. Having sex is commonly suggested to people as a way to get labor going at the end of pregnancy. But is it evidence-based?
For a long time, women have been told that sex at the end of pregnancy would help bring on the contractions that signal labor. But is there solid scientific evidence that sex brings on labor? Human sperm contains substances called prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that can help ripen the cervix and therefore help labor begin.