Astoundingly, some researchers suggest there may be unexpected advantages of sperm to a pregnant body, which go beyond fertilization. Indeed, exposure to semen or sperm could potentially mitigate morning sickness and, intriguingly, even reduce the risk of preeclampsia. Fascinating, right?
Having sex when pregnant has a number of benefits, including reduced blood pressure, better sleep, and heightened intimacy. Did you know that exposure to sperm through penis-in-vagina intercourse can have additional benefits? Really, it’s that accurate. Seminal fluid introduced into the birth canal may not be such a horrible idea, but many of these assertions require more study.
Three purported advantages of using semen when pregnant are listed below.
1. Preventing Preeclampsia
During pregnancy, there is a condition called preeclampsia that can be life-threatening. High blood pressure and protein in the urine are symptoms of the condition. The Preeclampsia Foundation estimates that between 5 and 8 percent of all pregnancies are affected by this illness, which poses risks to the health of the mother and her developing child.
In 2017, a study was published by Danish researchers that found a correlation between preeclampsia and the use of semen. Research suggests that women who were exposed to their biological father’s seminal fluid for at least six months before conception have a lower risk of developing preeclampsia. The problem was more common among those who had been exposed for six months or less. The paternal line’s proteins and bacteria are only found in sperm, thus prenatal exposure to these substances may help the mother better respond to them during pregnancy. Preeclampsia “immunity” can be boosted through increased exposure to the paternal cells contained in this protein.
Similarly, seminal vaginal fluid was associated with a reduced risk of preeclampsia in a 2014 study published in the Journal of Reproductive Immunology. Those who were exposed to the most vaginal-semen had a 70% lower risk. However, no amount of ingested semen reduced the danger.
2. Prevention of Morning Sickness
One SUNY-Albany psychologist, Gordon Gallup, suggested that exposure to more semen may reduce morning sickness. According to Gallup’s idea, paternal cells in a fetus are treated as foreign substances and rejected by the pregnant woman’s body. This is according to Slate. Nausea and vomiting happen because your body is trying to get rid of the foreign DNA.
If this hypothesis holds, then vaginal or oral exposure to semen could alleviate morning sickness. You’d feel less sick during pregnancy because your body would have developed a “tolerance” to the sperm. Prior to conception and during the first weeks of pregnancy is the optimal time for exposure. It’s important to be cautious with this “advice” since Gallup’s claim lacks sufficient medical research to support it.
3. Induction of Labor
According to Jimmy Belotte, an OB-GYN, having penis-in-vagina sex may induce labor in an overdue pregnant woman. The hormone oxytocin, connected with labor, can be released during sex, which may explain why orgasms feel so much like uterine contractions.
On the other hand, semen could be important. Dr. Belotte explains that prostaglandins, a hormone-like molecule found in seminal fluid, can help to ripen the cervix. In reality, drugs like misoprostol, which is used to induce labor, contain a synthetic type of prostaglandin.
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