The Science Behind Orgasmic Births

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I don’t even really know where to start with this one, you guys.

Because it would appear, that remarkably and quite unbelievably, that some women have a somewhat rather interesting thing happen to them while giving birth.

And by interesting, I’m talking orgasmic.

You heard it here first, folks. The rumor is true—some woman actually have reported having orgasms while giving birth.

So how in the world is something like that even humanly possible?

Let’s explore.

According to a survey in Sexologies, midwives (researchers chose to survey midwives, since they are more intimately present with women during the entire labor and birthing process) reported witnessing women have orgasms while giving birth in 0.3% of all births. Granted, that’s not a huge percentage, but still—it’s an orgasm! During childbirth!

When I think of what giving birth felt like, I can truthfully say that an orgasm was the furthest thing from my mind. I mean, are you kidding me? All I felt was the most intense and excruciating pain of my entire life and I thought I actually might die.

So how is such an extraordinary phenomenon even physically possible?

How can a woman orgasm during childbirth?

Well, according to experts, it’s all in the design of the female anatomy. Not only can the baby itself cause stimulation in the vaginal canal that can trigger an orgasmic birth, but a woman’s clitoris, already engorged with blood, can actually be stimulated by the baby’s head passing through. And the contractions can mimic the rhythmic pressure that can lead a woman to orgasm. On top of that, researchers have known for some time that clitoral or vaginal stimulation can actually block pain for women during labor—some even going so far as to use vibrators during labor as a form of pain relief.

I admit, that it’s somewhat hard to hear—birth and sexuality just don’t seem to go hand in hand, although, granted, they did go pretty well together to get us into this state in the first place, didn’t they? 

Our apprehension about the notion that women can feel pleasure during childbirth is exactly why researchers speculate that the phenomenon most likely occurs more often than the survey even suggests. Because honestly, who’s going to go around claiming that they had an orgasm while popping out a kid?

I have to admit that I'm more than a little uncomfortable just thinking about having an orgasm during birth, but at the same time, I have to begrudgingly concede that maybe all of the “orgasmic birth” advocates truly have nothing to be ashamed of.

Because if you get an orgasm and a baby…perhaps that's ok. Not a bad way to deal with the pain of delivery, right?

What are your thoughts? Do you think it’s possible for a woman to have an orgasm during childbirth? 

What do you think?

The Science Behind Orgasmic Births

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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11 comments

  1. Profile photo of sandra sandra says:

    ASSUMED IT WAS THE NORM. HAD ONE WITH THE BIRTH OF ALL THREE SONS!!

  2. Profile photo of Lynna Lynna says:

    How strange ink if I would want that. Doesn’t seem right

  3. Profile photo of EbyMom EbyMom says:

    If this is possible it will be okay to have orgasm than the pain. Wow it will be interesting.

  4. Profile photo of Lindsay Lindsay says:

    This is not surprising to me! My dentist has started using a vibrator-like tool when local anesthetic is injected for procedures such as fillings. The tool employs the “Gate Control Theory“ of pain management. This means creating a diversion for the brain. The mini-vibrator-looking-tool is hand held and rapidly vibrates the gum tissue surrounding the injection site. Your brain focuses on the rapid vibrations while the injection is simultaneously administered. I have had it used two or three times now and it really does work so I can see how distracting your brain from contractions with an orgasm can ease labor pain – even if for a little bit.

  5. Profile photo of mommy7 mommy7 says:

    im with it whatever helps with the pain,

  6. Profile photo of Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I think this is so awesome. I wish it could happen to me. I agree with the author about how she said an orgasm was the furthest thing from her mind at the time of delivery. I’ve had 3 children naturally with no drugs and it really hurt. and if clitoral stimulation could have taken some pain away id have done it with both my children. However there’s a;ways the baby im carrying now.

  7. Profile photo of Phammom Phammom says:

    Umm rather have that then pain

  8. Profile photo of Katherine Katherine says:

    I’ll have to remember this if I have another baby. Sounds a lot better than the alternative, having been there twice already.

  9. Profile photo of Gwendolynn Gwendolynn says:

    I say, if you can get away with it, orgasms during labor sound like a great way to relieve some of the stress and disperse some pain. Of course, I actually induced my son via orgasm (it apparently was a strong enough contraction to break my water for me.. NOT something I was prepared for!)

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