Having sex does not appear to expedite labor onset

November 28, 2012
Having sex does not appear to expedite labor onset
Coital activity does not expedite labor or reduce the need for labor induction, according to a study published online Nov. 12 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

(HealthDay)—Coital activity does not expedite labor or reduce the need for labor induction, according to a study published online Nov. 12 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Siti Zawiah Omar, of the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and colleagues conducted a randomized trial involving women at 35 weeks' gestation and with an uncomplicated singleton pregnancy to examine the effect of coitus on expediting the onset of labor or the need for . The women were randomly allocated to receive counseling that coitus at term is a safe, natural, and effective way to initiate labor and avoid induction (advise-coitus; 564 women), or receive advice that coitus was safe (control; 573 women).

The researchers found that the intervention-to-delivery interval was similar for the advise-coitus and control groups (3.2 ± 1.4 and 3.3 ± 1.3 weeks, respectively; P = 0.417). at delivery was similar between the groups (39.4 ± 1.2 and 39.5 ± 1.2 weeks, respectively). There was no significant difference in labor induction rates between the groups (22 and 20.8 percent, respectively; P = 0.666). Among women in the advise-coitus group, coitus was more often reported prior to delivery than in the control group (85.3 versus 79.9 percent; P = 0.019). The median reported number of coital acts was higher for the advise-coitus group (three versus two; P = 0.006). There was no difference in pregnancy or between the groups.

"Suggesting coitus during to expedite labor is not effective in achieving an earlier onset of labor or in reducing the rate of labor induction," the authors write.

Explore further: Unnecessary induction of labor increases risk of cesarean section and other complications

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Related Stories

Unnecessary induction of labor increases risk of cesarean section and other complications

March 6, 2012
A new study published in the journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica reveals that induction of labor at term in the absence of maternal or fetal indications increases the risk of cesarean section and other postpartum ...

Unnecessary labor induction increases risk of complications: study

March 29, 2012
A University of Adelaide study has revealed that inducing labor in pregnant women when it's not medically necessary is more likely to result in complications at birth.

Watching and waiting is best management for pregnant women whose waters break early

April 24, 2012
Pregnant women whose waters break late in preterm pregnancy but before they are in labor—the medical term for this situation is preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes—are best managed by monitoring and waiting ...

Inducing labor is not associated with higher rates of cesarean sections

June 20, 2011
A new study published in the international Nordic journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica (AOGS) reveals that inducing labor in the weeks around term, or from week 39 to week 41, is not connected with higher ...

Recommended for you

Women exposed to smoke while in womb more likely to miscarry

July 13, 2017
Women exposed to cigarette smoke while in their mothers' wombs are more likely to experience miscarriage as adults, according to new research from the University of Aberdeen.

Lack of a hormone in pregnant mice linked to preeclampsia

June 30, 2017
(Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers from Singapore, the Netherlands and Turkey has isolated a hormone in pregnant mice that appears to be associated with preeclampsia—a pregnancy-related condition characterized by ...

Aspirin reduces risk of pre-eclampsia in pregnant women

June 28, 2017
Taking a low-dose aspirin before bed can reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia, which can cause premature birth and, in extreme cases, maternal and foetal death.

The biology of uterine fluid: How it informs the fetus of mom's world

June 22, 2017
A developing fetus bathes in a mixture of cellular secretions and proteins unique to its mother's uterus. Before fertilization, the pH of uterine fluid helps create a conducive environment for sperm migration, and afterward, ...

New clues in puzzle over pre-eclampsia and cholesterol regulation

June 21, 2017
Scientists studying a mystery link between the dangerous pregnancy complication pre-eclampsia and an increased risk of heart disease in later life for both mother and child have uncovered important new clues.

Are maternal hormones different when carrying a boy or a girl?

June 15, 2017
With advances in prenatal testing it's now possible to find out whether a pregnancy will result in a male or female baby as early as eight weeks' gestation.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.