Can I Use Sex Toys During Pregnancy?

Today we’re tackling a question from one of our blog readers – on the topic of sex toys during pregnancy.

Hi! I’m Leah and I’m currently six months pregnant with my first child. I’ve heard a lot of old wives tales about sex and pregnancy, specifically saying that you shouldn’t be using any kind of sex toys. Is this one of those silly rumors or do I really need to put my dildos and vibrators away for the next few months? Thanks!

The very first thing we would advise anyone who is concerned about their (and their baby-to-be’s) health in relation to sex toys is to talk to your doctor. Some women are advised not to have sex at all during certain stages of their pregnancy, for various reasons such as having a low lying placenta or a weak cervix. If this is the case, go by what your medical professional has told you. You also don’t want to have any kind of penetrative sex after your waters have broken.

If you’re going through a typical pregnancy with no complications, sex toys – even the penetrative kind – are still an option. In fact, many women prefer to use penetrative sex toys with their partner during the months where standard sexual positions become uncomfortable. Using sex toys can help take advantage of the fact that there’s more blood flow to that area during pregnancy, making the entire area much more sensitive.Can I Use Sex Toys During Pregnancy

There are a few things to keep in mind when using sex toys during pregnancy. It’s very important to be sure that your toys are completely clean before using them. Silicone, glass and metal sex toys can be sterilized by boiling them in a pot of water for 5 minutes, but be sure to let them cool down before using them. If you’re sharing sex toys, clean them spotlessly between partners, or use a condom over your toys and change them between users. Never transfer a toy from your anus to your vagina without cleaning in between uses.

Your body will be much more sensitive to any kind of vaginal and clitoral stimulation during this time. That super powerful wand massager that used to rock your world now may be a bit too much. You might prefer a softer dildo than the super firm varieties out there. Don’t be mistaken into thinking you no longer love your playthings – it’s just a phase that your body will grow out of after your delivery and subsequent healing.

In a nutshell, Leah, if your doctor has instructed you to keep your sexual activity at bay during your pregnancy, absolutely stay away from the sex toys. But, if you’re lucky enough to have an uncomplicated pregnancy you can enjoy sex toys just as much as you did before your baby-growing days. Maybe even a bit more!

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