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I have a marginal placenta previa at 20 weeks. My midwife recommends pelvic rest and no intercourse. Is masturbation okay?

I have a marginal placenta previa at 20 weeks. My midwife recommends pelvic rest and no intercourse. Is masturbation okay?

See answer: This is a question you should definitely discuss with your doctor and/or midwife who are most familiar with you and your condition. Masturbation and orgasm are associated with uterine contraction which potentially may put you and your baby at risk of bleeding or other complications. Always best to heed the advice of your personal healthcare providers who are most familiar with you. ...Read more

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Pelvic Rest (Definition)

If the placenta is near the cervix or is covering a portion of it, you may be placed on a modified schedule with bed rest. You will also be instructed on pelvic rest. This means nothing should be put into the vagina, including no ...Read more


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Is clitoral stimulation ok on pelvic rest!?

Is clitoral stimulation ok on pelvic rest!?

Probably: Pelvic rest usually refers to vaginal intercourse. Clitoral stimulation should not be a problem in most situations. You should always consult with your physician who knows why you are on rest and then you will get the best answer to this and other questions. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Question about pelvic rest. Why do I need to do it for low placenta?

Question about pelvic rest. Why do I need to do it for low placenta?

Bleeding: A low lying placenta means that it is near inside of your cervix. This can cause it bleed, so you need to have pelvic rest, and sometimes bed rest. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have unprotected sex while on pelvic rest?

Is it safe to have unprotected sex while on pelvic rest?

The whole idea: Is that you are supposed to be resting the pelvis. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having unprotected sex while on pelvic rest?

What are the risks of having unprotected sex while on pelvic rest?

Depends: It depends on why you were put on pelvic rest to begin with. Most are put on it for preterm labor. If that's the case, preterm delivery could ensue. ...Read more

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Why do you have to have 2 weeks of pelvic rest after a miscarriage?

Why do you have to have 2 weeks of pelvic rest after a miscarriage?

Pelvic rest: You need time for your uterine lining to heal. Early intercourse could can result in an infection. I usually suggest waiting till you get a period after your miscarriage ...Read more

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What exactly is pelvic rest and how successful is it for preterm labor?

What exactly is pelvic rest and how successful is it for preterm labor?

No intercourse.: It means to avoid anything per vaginam (including sex, tampons, douche, or other devices). It is generally recommended when someone is at risk for bleeding (e.g. From placenta/vasa previa) or preterm labor. It is a common sense approach with not solid evidence of efficacy behind it, however it costs little/nothing and makes sense. Prostaglandins and trauma during sex can trigger labor. ...Read more

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Doctor prescribed pelvic rest means no sex of any kind, or is rubbing the clitoris ok?

Probably not: Pelvic rest means no sex, no douching, and no tampons. While rubbing the clitoris is not sex, it could lead you to doing things you should not. ...Read more

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Mt cervix was shortening. Dr put me on pelvic rest. Yesterday cervix got better 2.8cm. Can I masterbate?

Yes, you may... but: Yes, you may, but don't use intra-vaginal device (dildo) to disturbed with the calmness inside vagina. For specific instructions, you should direct such or similar questions to your gyn-doc before you masturbate. Online inquiry without knowing your specific background for pelvic rest would be short of "perfection" to answering. Yet, don't ignore healthy lifestyle without obsession for all care. ...Read more

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I had cerclage done at 20 weeks. What type of bed rest should I be on, strict, modified or just pelvic rest.?

I had cerclage done at 20 weeks. What type of bed rest should I be on, strict, modified or just pelvic rest.?

Ask your ob/gyn: Most likely pelvic rest. However this is something your doc should have discussed with you. Going on strict bedrest already is going to be a long haul and increases your risks for bloodclots. Also, you may need to work to earn a living. Discuss this with your OB and he/she can adjust this as you get further along. No intercourse! ...Read more

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I just had endometrial ablation. They said 'pelvic rest' for 4 weeks. Can I have oral?

I just had endometrial ablation. They said 'pelvic rest' for 4 weeks. Can I have oral?

Yes: The recommendation for pelvic rest after endometrial ablation refers to vaginal intercourse. Your docs want you to have healing so that you do not get pregnant while the endometrium is scarring and healing, plus you may have tenderness and discomfort. Oral should not cause a problem. Always speak with your physician with any questions. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I had a hysterscopy/d&c for vaginal bleed. The doc told my family member I had "stitches" and I was told complete pelvic rest. Are stitches normal?

I had a hysterscopy/d&c for vaginal bleed. The doc told my family member I had "stitches" and I was told complete pelvic rest. Are stitches normal?

Rarely: Stitches are not routine, but sometimes they are necessary if during the procedure you may have had excessive bleeding from your cervix/vagina related to any superficial damage that the procedure may have caused. This is okay and you should be totally fine after you heal. ...Read more

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I have been on pelvic rest for 4 months (since 20 weeks). I am now 36 weeks GA is it safe to have sex again?

I have been on pelvic rest for 4 months (since 20 weeks). I am now 36 weeks GA is it safe to have sex again?

It depends: It depends on the reason for the pelvic rest. If it was because of bleeding or placenta previa, then it would not be safe. If it was to prevent contractions, then it should be ok at this time. ...Read more

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I have partial placenta previa at 22 weeks (was diagnosed at 18 weeks). Does pelvic rest in that case include no orgasm?

Yes: U do not want to do anything that could make the placenta bleed, hopefully it will move up as you get further in your pregnancy but u need to ask your OB this? ...Read more

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I saw my ob for bleeding and cramping, he said pelvic rest til I see him again. Baby looks good at 12 weeks. Does this include any type of orgasm?

I saw my ob for bleeding and cramping, he said pelvic rest til I see him again. Baby looks good at 12 weeks. Does this include any type of orgasm?

No good answers: That is a question that doesn't have a lot of scientific evidence to support a valid answer. Usually when doctors say pelvic rest they are referring to vaginal penetration. There is no evidence that orgasm would lead to a miscarriage or a poor pregnancy outcome. ...Read more

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Had sex on pelvic rest. Had small SCH but have not spotted/bled for a week since I last saw doc. Can the sex lead to miscarriage? No bleed after sex

Had sex on pelvic rest. Had small SCH but have not spotted/bled for a week since I last saw doc. Can the sex lead to miscarriage? No bleed after sex

Possibly: I typically have my patients wait 2 weeks after any bleeding resolves before resuming intercourse. There isn't a lot of science telling us the appropriate length of time. The concern is that the strain of intercourse or the contractions brought on by orgasm can re-tear the blood clots that have repaired at the site of bleeding (SCH). ...Read more

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I32 weeks pregnant & I am have brownish discharge. No sex, pelvic rest since 24 weeks. Preggers with twins but lost one. Should I be worried?

I32 weeks pregnant & I am have brownish discharge. No sex, pelvic rest since 24 weeks. Preggers with twins but lost one. Should I be worried?

Not necessarily: Marissa,

Discharge can change throughout pregnancy. If you are still feeling the baby move, not having pain, and not having frank bleeding, all is probably well. You should still call your OB, just so they can be aware of this. They may want to see and examine you. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I'm 12 weeks 3 days pregnant and over a week ago I was put on pelvic rest for a few spots of blood. Husband and I slipped had sex now I'm terrified.

I'm 12 weeks 3 days pregnant and over a week ago I was put on pelvic rest for a few spots of blood. Husband and I slipped had sex now I'm terrified.

Speak with your: The reasons for which you were told to be on pelvic rest can be numerous and are not specifically clear in your question. It's best to speak with your obstetrician about what, if any, consequences there could be from your actions. ...Read more