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Sex DURING Childbirth: The Practice Demystified

by Laurence-Emmanuelle Bédard Published on June 1, 2015

Sex, during and after pregnancy, is the subject of many articles. However, did you know that sex during childbirth can be beneficial for mom? While the subject is taboo, the issue is real. And so let's speak about the unspeakable.

Masturbation during Childbirth

It is well known that making love when pregnancy comes to term helps soften the cervix and can even induce labour. But what is more surprising is that languorous kisses, fondling the breasts, and masturbation can have a positive effect upon delivery. They help to ease pain. In order to appreciate the role of masturbation in managing pain during childbirth, we have to liberate it – and ourselves – from its ethical and moral context. Clitoral masturbation during contractions and the pushing stage helps to facilitate the work of the mother.

Many female animals lick or rub their genitals during delivery, an instinctive act to relieve the pain and advance the process. Orgasm produces a substantial amount of endorphins, a hormone that effectively alleviates pain. Not only pleasurable, but very useful during delivery! The genitals and the breasts are especially sensitive on the big day. Consequently, a simple touch or light pressure can be enough to trigger an orgasm.


Although connecting sexuality and childbirth is still taboo, the idea is spreading quietly in Quebec. There is an undeniable link between sex and childbirth: the same hormones (oxytocin and endorphins) come into play. It is possible to touch the clitoris or breasts discreetly. If you have access to a whirlpool bath or shower, jets of water can facilitate this. Orgasm enables highly efficient uterine contractions, as we surrender for a couple of seconds and put up no resistance to labour. It is also far more powerful than muscle relaxants and safe for the baby as well.

Many Quebec midwives advise this for the women they work with. It can be accomplished during childbirth at home or in the hospital. Of course, in our present Judeo-Christian society, associating sexuality and childbirth is very disturbing and even shocking! Yet, if you think about it in a purely logical way, welcoming physical pleasure as a way to help relax and withstand pain ... why not?

She gave birth alone and without pain.


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