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Old 05-23-2004, 10:35 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I was just curious as to who had intercourse to help labor start.

How many weeks were you and how long before your labor started after sex?
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I was 39+ weeks when it finally worked... my water broke about an hour afterward. (I had been trying for 2+ weeks before it finally happened. )
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It didn't do a thing for me. Believe me--we tried a lot for a couple of weeks!
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We tried EVERY day from 38-40.5 weeks and it didn't do a darn thing
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I tried it at 41 weeks, and also walked 3 miles the same evening (which was enough to get me really tired and having lots of bh contractions at that point). Labor started later that night (about 1:30 AM.) Of course, I don't know whether it was the sex or the walking, or both, or neither.
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We had sex five times a week through the whole pregnancy with my ds. We had our last sex before he was born at 1am and my water broke at 4am!
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One more thing... I know lots of people who have tried it and not had it work for them. But an interesting tidbit I just read in Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: anecdotally (based on her years of experience) women who remain relatively sexually active throughout their pregnancies tend to not carry much beyond 40 weeks.
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I think that semen can help definitely, but another aspect that can sometimes be done alone is simple orgasm for the woman.
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Me! The night of my due date we were enjoying the pool and the moonlight 2 hours later I was sleeping and my waters broke.
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We did it the day before my EDD. I was having irregular rushes, my cervix was softening but not starting to dilate at all. It definitely helped kick things into gear, and with the help of some homeopathic cohosh, baby was born in a matter of hours instead of days (as I was dreading it would be at the time).
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Is swallowing semen supposed to help more than vaginal intercourse?
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Eww....greaseball...say it isn't so
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I think they have to be, erm, "applied" topically. That's what they do with the cervix ripening gel in the hospital.
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Poor DH- we were very active before all 3 of my births. The only time it appeared to make a difference was with my first. I was 39 weeks, and my water broke about an hour afterwards.

With my 2nd & 3rd births, we tried MANY times, to no avail. Both kids were born at 40+ weeks, and neither labor started as the result of intercourse.

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Actually, I have read some very positive things about ingesting semen vs applied directly. *achem* - yes, it is supposed to be more effective in getting LABOR going.
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I can only hope my poor dh will agree to try.
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Pamamidwife-
ARE YOU SERIOUS???!

Come on!

If that was true, I'd never tell dh. EWW!
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I am so serious. I have two clients and a friend that SWEARS by it.

I am being so honest. And, I am not a huge fan of ingesting.

check it out: http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/natinduc.html#Oral
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Oh Gosh....we're going to have to delete this post before my DH reads this .

Q for Pamamidwife:
So is the vaginally deposited semen supposed to increase effacement time ,dilation or both? If you take it "ahem..." orally how does this work?

Not that I'm willing to try this method....but curious minds want to know
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Well, my DH and I had sex the night before I went into labor, we had been having it fairly regularly at the time. I was also using Evening Primrose Oil, topically and orally. I was 38 weeks.

I know the active ingredient in the semen is protoglandins (sp?), but I can't remember exactly how it effects the cervix.

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Actually, I have read some very positive things about ingesting semen vs applied directly. *achem* - yes, it is supposed to be more effective in getting LABOR going.
Ummmm.... this worked for me. I ummmm... swallowed.... on my due date and at 2:00am my contractions started and baby was born the following day.

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I strated having contractions about 20 minutes after sex. I was 41 1/2 weeks. We had intercourse at 10:00 am and DS was born at 2:30 pm. Worked well for me, but I have feeling I would've given birth that day anyway. It's pretty obvious that it helped move things along, though!

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I had sex at about 8:00am and my water broke at about 8:45am and babe entered the world at 5:23pm. I was one day past my EDD.
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cervical application of semen works to help soften the cervix. if a woman has an O then it will increase her chances of starting labor. by ingesting semen, it's said to work the same way as castor oil, without all the side effects.

in the hospital, prostaglandin gel is made from massive concentrations of pig semen. that's all folks! so, I guess if you wanted to use semen as a way to get labor going then it would have to be in higher concentrations. still, the action of hitting the cervix and creating oxytocin by those wonderful, warm feelings can create uterine contractions.
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That's funny that some doctors recommend pregnant women use condoms during the last 8 weeks, so as not to come in contact with semen...but then they induce them with pig sperm!

(The advice about using condoms is in What to Expect, BTW.)
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We didn't have sex much AT ALL during my pgcy...but did do the deed at 40 wks 3 days - I started having contractions within 2 hours...which then peetered out....they started again in the morning and dd was born that afternoon - less then 24 hours after we had sex!

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Ok...DH is gone on a business trip for a few days. Anyone know where I can get a large pig?
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Ok...DH is gone on a business trip for a few days. Anyone know where I can get a large pig?
OK, that's the grossest thing I've ever read here! :
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I refuse to swallow semen. Blech!!

However when dh and I finally got the go-ahead to have sex again after my bedrest, I lubed him up with EPO. Each time we had sex I felt crampy and the cx became stronger and I lost plug. By coincidence I went to the doctor the next day after all the times we had it and I dilated 1 cm each time. I got to 4 cm before going into active labor! When I felt that I was going into labor I had dh do it again. About 30 min. after sex I was *sure* I was in labor because the cx got painful very suddenly. Went to hospital to be checked and was at a 5, and had dd about 10 hours later.

I truly believe that the EPO plus the semen was the magic formula because with dd#1 plain old sex did nothing to start labor.

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Well - we had sex about two hours before I went into labour - but at 41w 2d it was bound to happen soon anyway! Who knows if the sex had anything to do with hit. I'm going to have to look in Ina Mays book for the bit about regular sex leading to more babies born "on time" - I had had a wonderful sex drive in my third trimester, and I still went nine days post dates (what a time to be the exception to the rule).



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