Dr. Dean

Will Having An Orgasm Induce Labor?

Posting Date: 11/02/1999

E-mail question: A woman asked you how to bring on labor. I know from experience that having orgasms by whatever means possible will do it.

Dr. Dean: I don't know of any research on that, but here's a bit of evidence. The uterus contracts during orgasm, and the hormone oxytocin, which induces orgasms in women, is also the hormone that's released to start labor.

Visit the Pregnancy and Childbirth Center

We used to tell pregnant women not to have sex at all, but now doctors say that sex during pregnancy is okay up to a couple of weeks before the due date. From that point on perhaps sex might be feared to bring on early labor.

Somehow a particular pizza joint once got a reputation for starting labor. The place was always jammed with pregnant women. Of course statistically, if you put 100 pregnant women in a pizza joint, and they're all at their due dates, a percentage of them will go into labor.

For those who aren't feeling sexy or hungry, we often recommend taking a walk.