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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is outer course still safe during the 7-8 months pregnancy?
Shaanbagh (Midnapore, India)

A: It is safe unless there is any medical indication that it is not safe.

Q: My wife is pregnant. We had an ultrasound, and the doctor said that she had a low lying placenta, so we should not have sex. Could you please explain the problem, and also inform us of any other precautions that need to be taken?
Suhail (Mumbai, India)

A: As the placenta is low lying, it is close to the mouth of the uterus, so any slight trauma to that area can cause separation and bleeding from the placenta which can be life-threatening to the foetus. Hence, it?s just a precaution, but one should abstain from sex.

Q: Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy? Can the baby be harmed? Is the man-on-top position safe when the woman is pregnant?
Baba (Vadodara, U.S.A.)

A: It is perfectly safe to have sex during pregnancy, provided it is not too hectic or tiresome for the woman. Any position will do, as long as the woman is comfortable. Don?t worry, you will not harm the baby in any way.

Q: My wife is pregnant. Is it safe to have sex when she is expecting?
Lalith (Birmingham, England)

A: Yes, but as long as it is not troublesome to her. She should be comfortable at all times.

Q: 1. Can I have sex if my wife is pregnant? 2. How can I have safe sex without using condoms or the pill?
Manoj (New Delhi, India)

A: Sex in uncomplicated pregnancies has been found to be safe. However personally I would advise that you refrain from intercourse in the first 3 months and the last few weeks of pregnancy. Safe sex does not only mean that you prevent unwanted pregnancies – it also means that you protect yourself and your partner from sexually transmitted disease. To determine the risk free period your partners menstrual cycle length and regularity needs to be known. Usually in a regular 28 day cycle the 9th to the 17th day is the risk period. Today the newer contraceptive pills which are available are virtually without any side effects.

Q: Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy? If yes, what precautions should be taken?
Jaswant (Lucknow, India)

A: We have a section on indiaparenting that discusses sex during pregnancy. The url of this section is: If you still have further questions please feel free to write back to us.

Q: I had a delivered a premature baby the last time (due to cervix opening) and the child died. I am pregnant again. The doctor has advised me not to have sex. I masturbate once a week. Is this ok?
Mumtaz (Sydney, Australia)

A: Stop masturbating. Any movement or push to the cervix can lead to premature delivery. Hence that is to be avoided. Cervical opening can be tightened surgically, by stitching it.

Q: My wife is in her second month of pregnancy. Earlier she had a miscarriage in the third month of pregnancy. What precautions (including re. sex) should we take this time?
Dev (Indianapolis, U.S.A.)

A: Ideally she should try and take as much rest as possible. She should avoid running around or lifting heavy weights. They should avoid sex as of now. Once she has crossed the 3rd month of pregnancy and has had a sonography done to check whether everything is normal, and if she doesn’t have a low lying placenta, they can resume their sex life in consultation with their gynaecologist.

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