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. I walked — O.
Why Sex Can Be an Effective Way to Induce Labor
I Tried To Induce Labor Naturally, & Here's What Actually Worked
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. Additional prostaglandins are released by the woman during sex. Since synthetic prostaglandins are used as a method of cervical ripening for labor induction, it seems logical that natural sources might also be useful.
Natural Labor Induction Series: Evidence on Sex
Every year, one in five labours are medically induced in the UK, and induction is offered to all women who don't go into labour naturally by 42 weeks. Induction is not without its risks and discomfort, and it is understandable that women may look to some alternate method of inducing labour. One American study reported that half of women who reach their due dates attempt to initiate labour through a variety of non-medical techniques. There is a proliferation of DIY methods to induce labour that can be found online, and one of the most common recommendations is to have sex.
NEW YORK - Despite a widespread belief that sex during the later stages of pregnancy can jumpstart labor, a new study from Malaysia found no differences in the timing of delivery between women who had sex near term and those who abstained. Tan Peng Chiong, an obstetrics and gynecology professor at the University of Malaya, and one of the authors of the study. Tan said that many women believe intercourse can induce labor, and scientists have proposed plausible biological explanations for why it might help. For one, semen contains a hormonelike substance called prostaglandin, which is used in synthetic form to induce labor. Tan said the belief also probably came from "the deep seated folk perception that intercourse in pregnancy may be unsafe and may cause pregnancy expulsion or miscarriage despite fairly replete evidence to the contrary.