Is it Safe to Use a Vibrator During Pregnancy?

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Some couples wonder if it is safe to have sex during pregnancy.  This may be more worrisome in the beginning of pregnancy, especially if this is a first pregnancy.  Dads may worry if they could hurt the baby somehow and moms may have similar fears as well.  Couples should know that it is perfectly safe to have sex during pregnancy unless your doctor specifically tells you to avoid it. 

Now, with that in mind, what about using a vibrator or sex toy during pregnancy?  There aren’t any studies out there on the safety of vibrators or sex toys during pregnancy, but there really shouldn’t be any reason to worry about using a vibrator when you are pregnant.  There are some things you should keep in mind though.

A vibrator may be made of hard plastic so you may want to avoid penetration with a vibrator as it could irritate your cervix or put more pressure on your cervix than normal intercourse would.  External stimulation should be fine.

Make sure that you keep any vibrators or sex toys cleaned after each use.  If you use a vibrator for anal play or penetration, be sure that you do not use it vaginally after anal use.  This can introduce bacteria into your vagina which could lead to an infection.

Orgasms are not dangerous for you or your baby, whether from sex or vibrator stimulation; however, if you are at risk for premature labor or you have frequent or painful contractions after an orgasm you may want to avoid anything that could bring on orgasm.  It is normal to have some cramping or uterine irritability after an orgasm but this should subside within an hour or so.   If you are earlier than 37 weeks pregnant, painful contractions or frequent contractions that don’t go away after an hour or two warrant a phone call to your doctor.  If you are unsure, it is best to talk to your doctor about this.

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