Can orgasm cause miscarriage?
Though often thought to have negative effects on pregnancy, sex – and orgasms – are not connected to preterm births, the premature rupturing of membranes, low birth weight or the sudden onset of labor at term.
A study of 600 pregnant women showed that sex during weeks 29 to 36, or the third trimester (late pregnancy), did not heighten the risk of preterm birth. It demonstrated that women who delivered preterm reported less frequent sex during the latter months of their pregnancy. The methods the researchers used showed no link between preterm birth and the frequency of sex six months before pregnancy or during the first trimester. Women between 29 and 36 weeks who said that they had sex no less than two weeks ago were found to have lower chances of preterm delivery. The study found that the odds of preterm birth were also less if the woman climaxed. Women who had sex but no orgasm, and those who didn’t have sex but had an orgasm in late pregnancy, also showed reduced odds of preterm delivery.
The “protective effect” of sex
Researchers suggest that sex had a protective effect, the level of which is related to how much support the woman has during her pregnancy. They deduced that sex during 29 to 36 weeks was a “strong predictor” for a full-term pregnancy.
As to the issue – can orgasm cause miscarriage – it will not. The baby is protected by the amniotic fluid and the uterine muscles. Activities other than sex, such as exercise and working (NOT involving harmful substances or radiation) won’t cause miscarriages either.
Experts also say that sex is allowed for low-risk pregnancies. These are pregnancies that don’t have active complications and factors that put the pregnancy at risk for complications.
The best course of action is to talk to your doctor if you wish to have sex during your pregnancy.
So, can orgasm cause miscarriage? The answer is no, unless advised otherwise by your physician. As long as your pregnancy is normal and there are no complications, sex – and climaxing – won’t cause miscarriage.
Learn more about Giving Birth and Complications here.