Dangers of Sex During Pregnancy


Some women feel too tired or unattractive to continue sex during pregnancy, but many women continue to have healthy, sexual relationships with their partner until weeks before labor.  While a healthy sex life can reduce stress and boost an individual’s mood, intercourse can have grave side effects for pregnant woman.
 
Prostaglandin E2 (PGE-2) is a hormone essential for conception.  PGE-2 helps sperm cells penetrate and fertilized egg, but PGE-2 is also an inflammatory hormone that induces labor and enlarges the cervical opening.  As a result, PGE-2 is responsible for pre-term labor, miscarriage and cervix ripening.
 
Penile thrusting against the cervix and uterus leads to the cortisol release of adrenal medulla and oxytocin, hormones that induce the production of the enzyme COX-2. High levels of COX-2 leads to the excessive release of PE-2, and for pregnant woman, can lead to the onset of labor.
 
Progesterone, with a lack of oxytocin, can reduce the amount of PGE-2, while estrogen can enhance PGE-2 for swelling, fluid retention and female ejaculation. Therefore, the balance of progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy is critical in securing the pregnancy during orgasm.  A balance of progesterone and estrogen in conjunction with androstenedione, testosterone and nitric oxide will boost production of the anti-inflammatory hormone prostaglandin E-1 to allow for continuous uterine and low-abdomen expansion (stretching the nerves without pain).  This balance will allow the fetus to grow to full term, until ultimately progesterone drops naturally after nine months to induce excessive cortisol and prostaglandin E-2 release for the normal induction of labor.
 
Also, a pregnant woman's clitoris, vulva, uterus, cervix and pelvic cavity become swollen and enlarged without pains during sexual arousal because of the hormones prostaglandin E1, E2 and E3, as well as oxytocin, nitric oxide, and estrogen.  If the placenta releases excessive estrogen and progesterone, while the liver and pituitary continuously release excessive prolactin (the hormone that stimulates lactation) and SHGB (a protein that binds to testosterone), the pregnancy will reduce or shut down sexual arousal or orgasmic responses. 
 
This means the swelling of the clitoris, vulva, uterus, cervix and pelvic cavity may not increase, but rather kill, sexual arousal or orgasm. If the liver fails to release sufficient SHGB so that the pituitary releases a high level of oxytocin with a low level of prolactin, pregnancy will boost sexual desire and orgasmic responses, possibly leading to miscarriage.
 
A high dose of fish oil, Vitamin D and progesterone cream will suppress prostaglandin E-2 production in the uterus, making sex and orgasm much safer for a pregnant woman and her fetus



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claire posted on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 16:38
It is safe to have sex during pregnancy and I really like that. Sex is a big part of my life and I wouldn't want to just stop cold turkey. I am glad that I am still going to be able to have sex and also keep my baby healthy.
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