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Orgasms During Childbirth?

When I think of giving birth, a few descriptions come to mind: excruciating, intense, painful, and throbbing. Although I've never actually experienced the joy of having a baby, many of my friends assure me that the hours of agony are completely worth it. It's expected, though, that giving birth is going to hurt, right? Well, actually for some women, having a baby is orgasmic. Yes, for these lucky ladies, instead of contractions causing stabbing pain, they cause orgasms! One woman described her pleasurable feelings by saying, "All of a sudden the orgasm just started rolling through and rolling through, and it just kept coming, and my whole body was spiraling and rolling, and I was laughing and crying." Wow — sign me up for that kind of birth!

To hear the science behind orgasmic births,


According to OB-GYN Christina Northrup, labor causes a surge of hormones and endorphins, which are the same ones present when experiencing sexual pleasure. When a baby is going through the birth canal, it's going through the same place a penis would go during sex; the same places are being touched that would cause an orgasm. With so many new birthing methods available (using an exercise ball or giving birth in water, to name a few) it's no wonder the experience has become more relaxing, making it possible for a woman to experience an orgasm during delivery. If you want to hear more, check out the documentary called Orgasmic Birth. An orgasm may not be possible for everyone, but midwives and birthing centers want women to know that the experience doesn't have to be as scary and traumatic as TV portrays it to be.

Have you ever heard of this, or know anyone who's experienced pleasure instead of pain while giving birth?

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goldilocks0078 goldilocks0078 8 years
Yikes, I'm so scared of childbirth! I started crying when I was younger whenever I thought about it. :(
brookrene brookrene 8 years
well hopefully I won't ever have kids, but if I did I would NOT want an orgasm during it. That's totally creepy.
cotedazur cotedazur 8 years
Yeah, but your body creates a hormone near the end of pregnancy that causes your bones to become flexible. I'm not denying that it's uncomfortable, but I think the whole idea of this horrific, excruciating pain in childbirth can't be normal.
candace87 candace87 8 years
I'd be embarassed to be the woman (who told this story)'s kid. He or she will grow up being like, the kid who gave his mom orgasms? That's embarassing.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
lol.. nature IS backwards.. praying mantices, anyone? either way, im not into this, and labor IS excruciating, it was for me anyway. And I stayed calm, collected, and in focus the entire time. even when I knew something was wrong, i had severe complications, and the doctor repeatedly blew me off, i stayed calm, so its not just a commercialized image, popping a giant kid out through bones forced to seperate for birth is alwasy going to be painful.
austerity austerity 8 years
Ehm, so you're supposed to just start masturbating with all those doctors and nurses in the room?? A dilemma, this! :o
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
THAT can happen???
Sarana Sarana 8 years
I've heard about this before and it isn't so much that the labour gives you an orgasm but stimulating your sensitive area during labour to give you an orgasm is supposed to make the labour less painful because of the chemicals and stuff released while having an orgasm.
vrosapastel89 vrosapastel89 8 years
I hope that whenever I have kids giving birth will be that easy.
ksindustryexec ksindustryexec 8 years
yeah thats just weird.
missangelique999 missangelique999 8 years
Childbirth for me was very difficult-very painful. I was puking, blacking out, having hot and cold sweats and so forth and so on. My son weighed 9 pounds 10 ounces. I definitely did NOT have any orgasms!! Kinda creepy btw..
cotedazur cotedazur 8 years
I don't know, I've never had that "excruciating pain" image of childbirth -- my mom always told me it was tiring, but not painful (although i only weighed 5lbs, so it couldn't have been too hard!). But also, think logically: it's necessary for the continuation of the species to reproduce, so I can't believe that childbirth would be painful enough to discourage women from having children. Nature just isn't that backward.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 8 years
I don't know anyone this has happened to- but Ina May Gaskin (the foremost midwife in the US) describes it in her books. It isn't really a new concept and she explains that a lot of the way we react to childbirth is pre-programmed by watching women acting out in excruciating on television. Anyway, interesting book and one to read (if or when you get pregnant) although it is a little on the granola side.
Muirnea Muirnea 8 years
I just get more and more convinced the longer I live, that I am not EVER having kids, LOL. No way. To much of a chance for it to feel good, that is just crazy. Count me out of this life experience.
mack2600 mack2600 8 years
cherry peel and others who agreed, i felt the same way when i read this. it seems a little ... weird. but jessiebanana your post made me laugh.
caryatid caryatid 8 years
FYI guys, oxytocin (dubbed the 'love' hormone) is released during childbirth, breastfeeding, and... sex. So you're going to be all hormonally rewarded, regardless of whether or not you want to be! I've never heard of this orgasm childbirth thing, but sign me up. After watching The Business of Being Born (really good, but lots of birthing scences!), I'm so conflicted about how to have a baby...
Food Food 8 years
I, too, am on the fence to about whether this is awesome or disturbing!
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
At first I thought this sounded awesome...and then I thought about it a little more, and realised it's actually pretty disturbing. Although child birth in general disturbs me lol. I am sure the pros of raising a child outweigh the cons, but just the fear of giving birth in general is probably enough to scare me out of it!
Rebecca14916991 Rebecca14916991 8 years
Oh jeez, princess_eab, I hadn't thought of that... I have that issue too... well, I don't plan on having kids for another 5-10 years at least, so I'll cross that bridge when I come to it! At least whoever I marry will never have to worry about lack of a sex drive postpartum, lol
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
hmm, I'm more worried about breastfeeding since my nipples are so, um, sensitive... I've heard that causes "complications" too!
austerity austerity 8 years
cherry peel, Frenched - exactly...there's something so weird about getting aroused because your BABY'S body touched you there...eeuw
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Its the fear, that makes it harder. you tense up when you are scared.
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