Is Oral Sex Safe for Pregnant Women?

In most cases, yes, giving and receiving oral sex is safe during pregnancy. However, pregnant women should be careful if they decide to have oral sex, as there are some risks.

Air Embolism

Women who receive oral sex should warn their partners against blowing air into their vagina. Doing so can cause an air embolism – an air bubble – that can block a vein or artery, raising the woman’s risk for a heart attack or stroke. Air bubbles may also form in the placenta, which is dangerous for the fetus, who depends on the placenta for nourishment and oxygen.

Blowing into the vagina may also change air pressure, which can cause blood vessels to rupture.

Sexually-Transmitted Infections

Pregnant women should also be careful about contracting sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) during pregnancy. STIs – including HIV, HPV, herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia – can be transmitted during any type of sexual activity, including oral sex.

In some cases, STIs can be transmitted to the fetus, either through the placenta or through the birth canal during delivery. This can cause serious complications and health issues for the baby, including neurological problems, blindness, and blood infections. Stillbirth is another possibility.

Pregnant women can lower their risk for STIs by taking the following steps:

Women who have questions about oral sex and pregnancy should speak to their doctor.

For more information on sex and pregnancy, please see these links:

When should sex during pregnancy be avoided?

How do depression and anxiety during pregnancy and the postpartum period affect a woman’s sex life?

Will having sex during pregnancy hurt the fetus?

How does pregnancy affect sex?

Resources

American Pregnancy Association 

“Oral Sex and Anal Sex During Pregnancy”

(Updated: November 11, 2019)

https://americanpregnancy.org/is-it-safe/oral-sex-anal-sex/

Healthline.com

Kivi, Rose

“Air Embolism”

(Reviewed: August 15, 2017)

https://www.healthline.com/health/air-embolism

International Society for Sexual Medicine

“Can sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) pass to a fetus?”

https://www.issm.info/sexual-health-qa/can-sexually-transmitted-infections-stis-pass-to-a-fetus/?ref_condition=sti-std

“What is a dental dam? How is one used?”

https://www.issm.info/sexual-health-qa/what-is-a-dental-dam-how-is-one-used/?ref_condition=female-sexual-health

Mayo Clinic

“Placenta: How it works, what’s normal”

(April 26, 2018)

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/placenta/art-20044425

“Sex during pregnancy: What’s OK, what’s not”

(July 10, 2018)

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/sex-during-pregnancy/art-20045318

Parents.com

Harris, Nicole

“Is Oral Sex Safe During Pregnancy?”

https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-life/sex-relationship/is-oral-sex-safe-during-pregnancy/

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