Sex Does Not Trigger Labor

Intercourse does not reduce likelihood of being induced

THURSDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are scheduled for labor induction who have sex in the hope that it will trigger contractions are likely to be disappointed, as it appears that sexual intercourse does not increase the rate of spontaneous labor, researchers report in the October issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Peng Chiong Tan, of the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and colleagues conducted a study of 210 women scheduled for non-urgent labor induction, including 108 who were advised to have intercourse and 102 who were assigned to a control group.

While 60.2 percent of the advised-coitus group reported intercourse before delivery, only 39.6 percent of the control group did so, but the rates of spontaneous labor were similar for both groups at 55.6 percent and 52 percent, respectively. There were also no differences in the rates of Caesarean deliveries and other outcomes.

"Based on the findings of our study, women scheduled for induction of labor at term should not be given advice to have sex for the purpose of promoting labor onset," the authors conclude.

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