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Anal Sex While Pregnant?

Is it safe to have anal sex during pregnancy?
ByMichele Hakakha, MD
OB-GYN
Updated
March 2, 2017
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The short answer is yes. But there are a few considerations you should keep in mind.

Hemorrhoids
Steer clear of anal sex if you have hemorrhoids. That can make the experience painful and uncomfortable.

Placenta previa
If you’ve been diagnosed with placenta previa (where the placenta covers all or part of your cevix), anal sex may cause trauma to the placenta.

Cleanliness
Don’t allow your partner to move from the rectum into the vagina without cleaning up thoroughly first. This may introduce dangerous bacteria into the birth canal, and ultimately harm baby.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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