Is it safe to have sex when pregnant?
Sex during a normal, healthy pregnancy is completely safe. Your developing baby is protected by the amniotic fluid in the uterus. Conditions such as pre-term labor or placenta issues would warrant a further discussion with your doctor.
Sexual health, however, is of the utmost importance to the health of you and your baby. Choices offers STD & STI Testing so that you can remain healthy and safe.
What is “safe sex?”
The fact is, while some say there may be ways to practice “safer” sex, “safe” sex outside of a healthy marriage relationship doesn’t exist. The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states restraining “from vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse is the only 100% effective way to prevent HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy.”
Historically, it has been shown that people are healthier and happier when sex is practiced inside a traditional marriage. Sex is a wonderful, intimate expression of love and commitment. However, outside of these relationships, being sexually active can pose a variety of risks. To many, having sex in the context of a healthy marriage is the true definition of safe sex.
According to the CDC, “many young people engage in sexual risk behaviors that can result in unintended health outcomes.” Their data goes on to show that lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students are at substantial risk for serious health outcomes as compared to their peers. The risks include (yes, these risks exist even with condom use):
Whether you are currently sexually active or not, the choice is yours. But there are important issues to consider. What you’ve done or not done to this point doesn’t define who you will be in the future. If you’d like to talk to someone about your true worth, call one of our centers. Your past doesn’t define who you are. You and your body are a masterpiece and you can find hope.
If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, sexual health is especially important to the health of you and your baby. Our services are offered free or at little cost to help you stay healthy. Make a confidential appointment today.