Sex During Pregnancy Deemed Safe01/31/11
MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Having sex while you're
pregnant is generally safe, a new review finds.
"Sex in pregnancy is normal," wrote the review authors. "There are very few proven contraindications and risks to intercourse in low-risk pregnancies, and therefore these patients should be reassured."
The primer, based on a review of current evidence, is published
Jan. 31 in the
Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Some potential, but uncommon, risks of having sex while pregnant
include premature labor, pelvic inflammatory disease, hemorrhage in
placenta previa (when the placenta covers part of the cervix) and
blood clots, said Dr. Clair Jones, of the department of obstetrics
at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto.
While it's recommended that women at risk of premature labor
restrict the frequency of intercourse, the evidence is
contradictory and limited, the authors wrote in a news release from
the journal's publisher.
In low-risk women, frequent intercourse is associated with an
increased chance of premature labor only in those with lower
genital tract infections. There is limited evidence to guide
recommendations for higher-risk women -- those who have cervical
incompetence, are carrying more than one baby or have a history of
Comfort levels and readiness to have sex should guide women's
decisions about having sex during pregnancy and shortly after they
give birth, the authors concluded.
The Nemours Foundation has more about
sex during pregnancy.
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