First Trimester

Q&A: Can I Use A Vibrator While Pregnant?

Is it okay to use a vibrator while I’m pregnant? I haven’t asked my doctor yet. I am only seven weeks along, and I have already used one once. — anonymous user

Unless your doctor or health care provider has specifically asked you to refrain from sexual activity due to potential complications with your pregnancy, it should be absolutely fine to use a vibrator.

Many couples enjoy having a full sexual relationship right up to the birth of their baby. And when you think that penetrative sex involves active thrusting, the vibrator seems mild in comparison. Also there is no reason you shouldn’t use a vibrator externally on your clitoral region, as that’s a very good way to bring yourself to climax (if you have a high-risk pregnancy, though, check with your doc first). If you have a clean bill of health and your pregnancy is going swimmingly, you still might find you’re more satisfied having sex with your husband or using the vibrator internally.

As with any activity during pregnancy, use your judgment about how you’re feeling to determine what you do. But don’t let your partner miss out on the fun — he may want to get involved in the action too!

By Dr. Pam Spurr