Third Trimester

Sex After Mucus Plug Comes Out?

My mucus plug came out. Can I have sex?

If you’re asking because you’re eager to get this baby going and induce labor, it’s not a given that it will work, but you may as well give it a shot. Of course, if you’re asking just because you’re in the mood for a little nookie, that’s ok, too!

Simply put, although there’s no guarantee that “natural” induction methods like eating spicy foods, taking a walk or getting busy between the sheets will start labor, I often tell my patients to go ahead and give intercourse a try. There are some exceptions, most notably if you’ve tested positive for Group B Strep, a benign infection in adults, but one that can cause respiratory difficulties in newborns. If you have Group B Strep, there’s an increased risk of infection once the mucus plus falls out. But otherwise, the uterine contractions and release of feel-good prostaglandins that come with orgasm may be enough to nudge your body into labor. And at least you’ll hopefully have a good time getting there!

Plus, more from The Bump:

Difference Between the Mucus Plug and Water Breaking?

All About Discharge During Pregnancy

What Is the Mucus Plug?

By Robert Wool, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Tufts University