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Using A Vibrator While Pregnant: Is It Safe?

on May 06, 2019

During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through several physical and emotional changes such as anxiety, mood swings, etc. Apart from these, they also have to say goodbye to alcohol, caffeine and other foods that can harm the baby. Does this mean that your sex life has to change as well?

Sex is an important aspect in relationship between men and women. For others, they will enjoy sexual intercourse even more with the use of sex toys such as vibrators. Using vibrators is a great way to enjoy and achieve multiple orgasms.

As for couples, you may be wondering if it is safe to have intercourse during pregnancy. The anxiety is even higher for couples who are conceiving their first baby. To educate you, here is a blog post on if it is safe to use a vibrator while pregnant.

Note: Please be aware that this article is an general article rather than medical advise, you should always ask doctor for advices before using any sex toys to ensure safety during pregnancy.

Using vibrators while pregnant

According to experts, so far, there are no studies or clinical trial has been conducted that restricts pregnant woman to use sex toys such as vibrators. If you are having a normal pregnancy with no complications, you may be allowed to use a vibrator.

However, there can be some cases wherein using sex toys can be risky. It is advised for you to ask a practitioner to make sure that you can enjoy your sexual experience without putting yourself in danger.

Instances when using vibrators while pregnant is not advised

During the early stages of your pregnancy (1 – 4 months), it is safe to have sex with your partner. You must also consider that you are in a healthy and normal pregnancy.

It can also be safe to have a sexual activity during the last stages of pregnancy (7 – 9 months). However, there are certain circumstances that your practitioner would advise not to have sex during this phase. These are the following:

  • If you are experiencing signs or have a history of premature labour
  • If you are experiencing bleeding after having sex
  • If you have incompetent cervix or placenta previa
  • If you have a history of chronic miscarriages
  • If your water has already broken

It is always best to ask your doctor/gynaecologist before having sex with your partner during pregnancy. Same with sex toys. Some women might be at high risk if they don’t seek assistance as early as possible.

Before using a vibrator, there are some things you must consider to avoid any problems.

Precautionary measures

Sex can improve your mood and can help your body get ready for labour and delivery. During pregnancy, women have a hard time reaching orgasms due to stress and discomfort. Sex toys like vibrators can make orgasms more pleasurable and less strenuous especially for pregnant women.

Conversely, there are a few warning signs that you should watch for so that you will be safe while using vibrators.

  • If you feel pain, discomfort or irritation while using vibrator, stop using it immediately.
  • If you are experiencing moderate pain or vaginal bleeding an hour after using the sex toy, speak to your doctor immediately.
  • For women who are near term, if you feel painful contractions 2 hours after using the adult toy, you should contact a healthcare provider. It can be the beginning of labour so you need to see your doctor.

Apart from the precautionary measures, it is necessary to always keep your vibrator clean. There are some recommendations on how to take care of your vibrators.

Taking care of vibrators

Cleaning your sex toy depends on factors such as what the toy is made of and if the sex toy uses batteries and has parts that cannot be washed. Here are some tips on how to keep your vibrators clean:

  • Clean the vibrators all over with warm, soapy water.
  • Rinse and dry them carefully.
  • Store them in a clean place.

Sex toys bought from a trusted source come with instructions on how to clean and store them. You can follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

Keeping your sex toys clean will help protect you against vaginal infections. You can also help lessen the risk of infection by keeping yourself clean before and after sex.

It is also advised to avoid using the same adult toy in both your anus and vagina. Bacteria in your anus may cause infection if they are transferred to your vagina. The risk may remain even if you clean your sex toy thoroughly.

You also check your sex toys regularly for any breaks or scratches on the toy’s surface.

Warning signs and safety reminders

You need to know the cautions on using a vibrator.  Your vibrator may likely be made from harder materials than a penis. Thus, you need to be gentle when you insert it into your vagina. Here are some reminders:

  • Your cervix is more fragile during pregnancy. It is safe to take it slow and be gentle when using your sex toy. You must avoid going too deep or push too hard. An intense insertion may also damage your vaginal lining.
  • When you are at higher risk of premature labour, you should restrict the use of a vibrator as it can initiate contractions.
  • Most vibrators are totally safe to use. However, you must avoid sex toys that are made with plastics. These can contain phthalates that can disrupt hormones in your body. This can also cause irritation which might affect your pregnancy.
  • You should not choose a vibrator that is stiff and hard to use, it can hurt the tissue inside the vagina.
  • Talk to your doctor. When the doctor diagnoses you with placenta previa, using a vibrator to have an orgasm can cause severe bleeding that can jeopardize your pregnancy and lead to miscarriage.

If you need an advice or think that you may have an infection, you can go to your general practitioner (GP) or obstetrician for advices.

Conclusion

Pregnancy cannot stop you from satisfying your sexual desires. It can be a great way for you and your partner to bond.

With proper precaution and medical assistance, using sex toys like vibrators for pregnant women will definitely add more flavour to your sexual experience.

 

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