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Sex During Pregnancy: Is This Safe? - Dr. Carrillo

By Dr. Lori A. Carrillo Expert
 
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Dr. Carrillo explains if it is safe to have sex while you are pregnant and discusses how pregnancy can affect your sex drive.

Dr. Carrillo:
One of the most common questions I hear from my patients and their partners is, “Can we have sex? Is it safe? When is it not safe?”

And by and large, the answer is yes. It’s okay to have sex when you are pregnant. However, there are circumstances, certain clinical conditions that may require you to refrain from sexual intercourse.

Those circumstances are risk of pre-term labor or abnormalities with the placenta such as placenta previa or any variant of placenta previa or bleeding in pregnancy.

In most circumstances, again barring any medical complications of pregnancy, it’s safe to continue to have intercourse until delivery time, again taking into consideration your own comfort level.

One thing very interesting about sex in pregnancy is that sometimes a woman’s libido will change during pregnancy and she may find herself more interested or less interested and sometimes for the first time, couples will have an imbalance between their desires for physical intimacy during pregnancy.

Curiously there are some men who do not feel comfortable having intercourse during pregnancy and that’s something that is psychological and can sometimes be brought up with your obstetrician.

If you are comfortable or I definitely would recommend that you speak to someone as a couple if it’s causing any type of marital communication issues.

About Dr. Lori A. Carrillo, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.:
Dr. Lori A. Carrillo, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, earned her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. After completing her internship in Hawaii, she completed her specialty training at the joint program of Maricopa Medical Center and Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Carrillo opened her own practice, AZ Obstetrics & Gynecology, LLC, in August of 2006, and is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. She specializes in a full breadth of obstetrics and gynecology from late childhood, menopause, and high-risk and twin pregnancies. She also specialized in minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic surgery involving Da Vinci robotics.

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