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Robert Wool, board-certified ob-gyn at Women’s Health Associates in Westfield, MA

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, 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?

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