Sex during pregnancy

Women can continue to have sex during pregnancy, unless it is a multiple pregnancy (i.e. the woman is expecting more than one child), she has a history of premature delivery, and if any of the following symptoms are occurring:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Placenta praevia (the placenta develops low in the uterus, blocking the cervix)
  • Premature dilatation of the cervix
  • Rupture of the membranes

Apart from fatigue and back pain, a number of other complications may arise that make sex difficult during pregnancy: 

  • Genital pain
  • Reduced lubrication
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Retroverted uterus, particularly in first weeks of pregnancy
  • Candida and trichomoniases infections
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Incontinence
  • Vulval varicose veins
  • Deep engagement of foetal head during the later stages of pregnancy

A woman might also experience a decrease in her sex drive, a lack of arousal as well as concern over her body-image.