Pregnancy Bliss | Reproductive Health Hub
Question: Hi, How long should sex continue in pregnancy? At what stage is it dangerous? Is Masturbation (as a substitute for sex) of any negative effect during pregnancy? O. (Nigeria)
Answer: Your question pre-supposes that there is a stage of pregnancy at which sex is dangerous. This is incorrect. Sex is safe throughout the entire course of pregnancy up until the eve of labour. There is absolutely no danger from the act. Exceptions are found in situations of a low lying placenta (Placenta praevia) where penetrative sexual intercourse carries a theoretical risk of provoking bleeding. Masturbation too carries no risk whatsoever at any stage of pregnancy. There is a widespread myth that an orgasm in pregnancy can carry a risk of sorts. This is, of course, nonsense.
Question: Following my two miscarriages my doctor is planning to put a stitch in my cervix in this pregnancy. Is this safe? M.H. (India)
Answer: If your miscarriages were late (16 weeks and beyond), then there is a possibility that you have cervical weakness. In such a case, a cervical suture, also known as cervical cerclage, is the correct preventative measure to take. Normally this will be inserted at around 14-15 weeks gestation. There is a very small risk that the procedure itself could trigger miscarriage. However, in confirmed cervical weakness, the advantages far outweigh that risk. If your previous miscarriages were in the first trimester, the value of the suture is quite doubtful.
Question: I have had three unsuccessful IVF attempts in the last two years and have no more embryos. Now my doctor says I cannot have another attempt because a hormone test shows that I’ve premature ovarian failure. I’m only 41. Is there any way the ovaries failure can be reversed to produce eggs? P.G. (Singapore)
Answer: If the hormone test results are unequivocal, then this effectively means you are in the menopause, albeit early. In such a situation, there is no known way of making your ovaries produce eggs ever again. Your only practical recourse now is IVF by using a donor egg. Your womb is and will remain capable of carrying a pregnancy for many years to come. Best wishes.
Question: Is it safe to have sex after a woman got pregnant? If yes, then please mention the weeks of pregnancy. S.C. (India)
Question: My wife is pregnant. But after having conceiving for 2 weeks, she had severe bleeding for a day. Please tell the reason. S.C. (India)
Question: Hi,I recently found out that im 9 weeks pregnant and for the past 6 months I had been taking Ibuprofen and codeine to treat my on going back pain as well as toothache. I am due to see my dentist in a few weeks. I have stopped taking painkillers,but i am concerned of the possible damage done to my baby. Can you help? Thanks. J. (UK)
Answer: I don’t think you need to worry. Whilst Codeine is a mild opiate, it is safe to use in pregnancy but this is should ideally be used intermittently. The use of Ibuprofen, like all so-called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), is not advised in pregnancy. In early pregnancy these may increase the risk of miscarriage. Using them later, in the third trimester, has been associated with heart complications for the baby. Now that you have a confirmed pregnancy, You should really avoid Ibuprofen and use Paracetamol or Paracetamol and Codeine for pain relief.
Question: I've just had a bad experience at my local hospital. I am 6 - 7 weeks pregnant and went in for an external scan (I've had bad experiences in the past with internal) and the nurse pressed extremely hard to the point where it was really hurting me. She said she couldn't see anything because my bladder wasn't full enough and apparently I have a tilted cervix. It's been over 2 hours now and I'm still hurting where she was pressing and I'm so worried she has done some damage. Please can you tell me what risks are involved and how likely it is that she has harmed my pregnancy? Also, what complications can a tilted cervix bring? Thank you. L.C. (UK)