Minerva

Attempting to induce labour by having sex, and other stories

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1212 (Published 27 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1212

Minerva is interested that the advice she often hears, and sometimes gives—that having sex expedites the onset of labour—may be an old midwife’s tale. Malaysian researchers conducted a randomised study of 1200 women with uncomplicated singleton pregnancies from 35 weeks’ gestation. Women received encouragement to have sex as a safe method to start labour and to avoid induction, or were simply advised that sex was safe. Sex before delivery was reported significantly more often in the intervention group, but onset and induction of labour did not differ between groups (BJOG 2013;120:338-45, doi:10.1111/1471-0528.12054).

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