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"Orgasm causes ovulation" - high school health teacher

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
OK, I've read TCOYF so I know that orgasm does NOT cause ovulation (I don't often post to this board - perhaps you've already discussed the rampant misinformation re: NFP/FAM among 'health professionals' : ). It's been a few years since I've read it, however, and I've loaned my copy out . My question is, my cervix seems to be very soft the day after BD, which I have occasionally interpreted as fertility (accompanied by the words "Oh, crap" ). Is this because of the prostaglandin in sperm -- why sex is recommended to induce labor? Does this happen to everyone? Is this why some people believe that BD/orgasm causes ovulation?

I'm still waiting for AF to return after DD's birth (12 months and counting - woo hoo!), so using CM/cervical position as BC. I've taken PG tests two separate times, thinking I'd O'd right after BD before I thought of the prostaglandin thing as a possible reason for a soft cervix...
post #2 of 21
I haven't heard that orgasm causes ovulation, but I have heard that orgasm can increase your chance of conception because the cervix sucks up the semen (for lack of a better way to explain this.) I don't know if it's true, I haven't read TCOYF yet, I'm planning on going to the library today. I would think that the semen might soften the cervix (as it does to induce labor.)
post #3 of 21
Ha. If it caused ovulation, then theoretically, many of us would be ovulating twenty times a month and our ovaries would look like shrivelled raisins within a year.
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by firstkid4me
I haven't heard that orgasm causes ovulation, but I have heard that orgasm can increase your chance of conception because the cervix sucks up the semen (for lack of a better way to explain this.) I don't know if it's true, I haven't read TCOYF yet, I'm planning on going to the library today. I would think that the semen might soften the cervix (as it does to induce labor.)
Yep, orgasm has the added benefit of "sucking up the semen" by making the cervix open. I guess it would only qualify as a "benefit" if you're actually trying to conceive as opposed to preventing through.

There is some information out there now that indicates sex may actually PROLONG labor. I can't recall the exact mechanism for that, but you can probably Google it and find some of the articles I'm referring to.

In response to the OP, your cervix is probably softer after intercourse due to the opening of the cervix and the chemical content of semen. Most FAM resources (like TCOYF) recommend NOT checking the position of your cervix or consistency of your cervical fluid too soon after intercourse due to these issues.
post #5 of 21
Oh what horrible information to give to high schoolers! If orgasam causes ovulation, then obviously if you dont orgasam then you can't get pregnant right? I just got out of high school 2 years ago, most of my friends would have come to this conclusion. I can see many unwanted pregnancies occuring because of this "information"
post #6 of 21
My dh used to think this! We were 18 when we met. He mentioned it once...I looked at him and said "Dear, Im NOT a cat" Then explained in detail with a chart. He found it very odd...
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by KrystalC
Yep, orgasm has the added benefit of "sucking up the semen" by making the cervix open. I guess it would only qualify as a "benefit" if you're actually trying to conceive as opposed to preventing through.

There is some information out there now that indicates sex may actually PROLONG labor. I can't recall the exact mechanism for that, but you can probably Google it and find some of the articles I'm referring to.

In response to the OP, your cervix is probably softer after intercourse due to the opening of the cervix and the chemical content of semen. Most FAM resources (like TCOYF) recommend NOT checking the position of your cervix or consistency of your cervical fluid too soon after intercourse due to these issues.
So if you don't want to get pregnant, marry a minute man
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by Alana
My dh used to think this! We were 18 when we met. He mentioned it once...I looked at him and said "Dear, Im NOT a cat" Then explained in detail with a chart. He found it very odd...
Yup, I was going to say, sex (though not orgasm per se) does trigger ovulation in cats. Last I checked I wasn't a cat either.

And if orgasm 'sucking up sperm' isn't a benefit for you, you can always try to have yours before our partner's - in which case there's much less sperm to suck up.

Agreed about the danger of that misinformation - teens deserve accurate and detailed information on their cycles.
post #9 of 21
This is completely OT, but I tried explaining the whole cat thing to my dh years ago, but he didn't believe me. I'm so glad I didn't just imagine the whole explanation!
post #10 of 21
My grandmother thought that you couldn't get pg unless you ovulated. If that were true then there would never be any pgs as a result of rape. Once I explained it to her she got it. It's so sad.

I think that your cervix may feel different due to the hormones released during sex, the semen, and the actual action of sex.
post #11 of 21
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My grandmother thought that you couldn't get pg unless you ovulated.
Umm, THAT is true! I think you meant, "...unless you orgasmed."
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by bailey228
Oh what horrible information to give to high schoolers! If orgasam causes ovulation, then obviously if you dont orgasam then you can't get pregnant right? I just got out of high school 2 years ago, most of my friends would have come to this conclusion. I can see many unwanted pregnancies occuring because of this "information"
If a woman had to have an orgasm to get pregnant, the human race would have died out a long time ago!!
post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 
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The high school teacher gave the orgasm thing as a reason why NFP/FAM doesn't work. Nice.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by jillc512
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The high school teacher gave the orgasm thing as a reason why NFP/FAM doesn't work. Nice.
Oh geez, I'm so glad I'll be homeschooling...
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by EnviroBecca
Umm, THAT is true! I think you meant, "...unless you orgasmed."
Oops, yes you're right. That's what I really meant. How funny.
post #16 of 21
So how does she think my two kids (21 month old and a baby due in Feb)_ came about because I've never had an orgasm.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by Charles Baudelaire
Ha. If it caused ovulation, then theoretically, many of us would be ovulating twenty times a month and our ovaries would look like shrivelled raisins within a year.
or more :
post #18 of 21
By that logic, masturbation could cause pregnancy- hey, the Virgin Mary has just been explained!

Seriously, I wonder if people are mixing up EWCM with arousal fluid and/or semen.
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by Ruthla
Seriously, I wonder if people are mixing up EWCM with arousal fluid and/or semen.
Sadly, yes. And in the reverse way, too. I had a co-worker ages ago, who broke up with his live-in girlfriend b/c he saw her underwear, and noticed that there was, in the gross way he put it, "snail tracks" in the crotch area. He thought that meant she was having sex with someone else during the day. I was "condom-woman" at the time and so had never had the experience of semen being in my undies, and also I was so dumbfounded at THAT being a reason to assume cheating, that I couldn't figure out how to say that it could just be she was ovulating...
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by elmh23
So how does she think my two kids (21 month old and a baby due in Feb)_ came about because I've never had an orgasm.
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