Can You Use A Vibrator While Pregnant?

For most pregnancies, vibrator use can be safe, fun, and extremely pleasurable barring any preexisting complications, or advice from your doctor.
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Yes — most women can safely use a vibrator while pregnant, and it may be a good idea, too.

Here’s why:

  • Orgasms during pregnancy may be more powerful due to improved blood circulation in your body.
  • Vibrators used externally on the clitoris, labia, and/or vulva can be a much safer option for enjoying sexual pleasure if pregnancy complications have made penetrative sex unsafe.

If you’re pregnant and worried that your favorite vibe is doomed to remain tucked away for the next several months until your little one is born, we have good news for you.

In most cases, it is safe to use a vibrator during pregnancy.

When in doubt, always ask your doctor first.

Barring any preexisting complications — which we’ll talk about later — they’ll likely give you the all-clear and you can use your vibrator without worry about side effects.

In this article, we’ll talk about:

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Can You Use A Vibrator During Pregnancy?

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In general, yes, you can use a vibrator while pregnant.

We spoke with Dr. Kerry-Anne Perkins, a board-certified OB-GYN (obstetrician and gynecologist) and a member of our medical review board.

“Any type of vibrator (either internal and external) can be used as long as your pregnancy is deemed low risk by your provider,” Dr. Perkins explained.

A vibrator designed for use against the clitoris and vulva can be a great alternative if your doctor has advised you against vaginal penetration for any reason.

Luckily, there are plenty of clit-centric vibrators to choose from.

That being said, you still need to take some precautions — even if you’re using a vibrator externally against your vulva.

You might only think of penis-in-vagina (PIV) sex as a time to think about sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

But sex toys, including vibrators, can also lead to STIs or other ailments such as yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis if they are shared between partners or are not cleaned well between uses.

Choose a vibrator made from a safe material like silicone or ABS plastic, as these can be cleaned and sterilized easily.

Avoid vibrators made of porous materials like jelly or rubber as they can harbor bacteria even after they’re cleaned — and they can’t be properly sanitized.

Additionally, don’t share your vibrator with other partners unless you’re aware of their STI status and/or you take precautions — such as covering the toy with a condom.

For those with serious pregnancy complications like bleeding, cramping, or placenta previa, vibrator use may not be safe — in any capacity — so check with your doctor first.

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Can A Vibrator Cause A Miscarriage?

The quick answer is no — a vibrator won’t cause a miscarriage on its own.

“In a generally healthy person with no history of pregnancy complications and with a normal low-risk pregnancy, a vibrator won’t cause a miscarriage,” Dr. Perkins explained.

The key is to take safety precautions, like using a clean vibrator made with safe materials – and listening to your body before and during vibrator use.

If something doesn’t feel right, stop and talk to your doctor.

Keep in mind that your doctor may advise against using a vibrator if you are experiencing pregnancy complications or if you’re at risk for them.

If your pregnancy is considered high-risk, talk to your doctor before using a vibrator of any kind.

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When NOT To Use A Vibrator During Pregnancy

Not everyone can safely use a vibrator during pregnancy.

According to Dr. Perkins, there are several instances when it may not be safe to use a vibrator while you’re pregnant:

If you’re at risk for or have been diagnosed with any of these, do not use a vibrator without speaking to your doctor first.

And as we mentioned earlier, if you experience abdominal pain, bleeding, or any other sudden discomfort, talk to your doctor right away.

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Are Vibrators Safe During Pregnancy?

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Generally speaking, yes — vibrators are safe while you’re pregnant.

But that won’t apply to everyone.

“Yes, it is generally safe to use a vibrator during an uncomplicated pregnancy,” Dr. Perkins, the OB-GYN on our medical review board, said. “You can enjoy pleasurable sex and orgasms during pregnancy.”

There are exceptions to that rule, however.

“If you are experiencing new-onset abdominal pain or bleeding, see your provider first to be fully evaluated before using vibrators,” Dr. Perkins advised.

For uncomplicated low-risk pregnancies, Dr. Perkins says there are no specific precautions or restrictions to follow during different trimesters.

That being said, how and when you use a vibrator may change over time.

In this section, we’ll cover vibrator use during the:

Are Vibrators Safe In The First Trimester?

Yes, vibrators are safe to use during the first trimester of pregnancy.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll want to use them, however.

The first trimester is often a time of morning sickness, breast tenderness, and fatigue for many pregnant women.

Libido and desire can sometimes decrease during the first trimester as your body adjusts to the pregnancy.

If you feel up for an orgasm or two, have fun.

But if not, leave your vibrator in a drawer until you feel better.

As we talked about earlier, a vibrator won’t cause miscarriage on its own — but if you have a history of miscarriage or pregnancy complications, talk to your doctor first.

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​​Are Vibrators Safe In The Second Trimester?

Yes. Assuming your pregnancy is uncomplicated and still considered low-risk, the second trimester may be the best time to use your vibrator.

You’re likely feeling better as morning sickness (hopefully!) dissipates.

And that oh-so-glowy look that draws compliments from everyone around you is actually due to improved blood circulation throughout your body.

This means your genitals might be even more sensitive than usual.

The second trimester can be a great time for bigger, better orgasms.

This is the trimester to get creative with the positions you use with your vibrator!

Seated positions, spooning sex, and even doggy style may be options if you’re looking for ways to have sex with your partner while using a vibrator.

As this trimester continues, however, you may want to avoid positions that involve laying on your back because it can put extra pressure on your blood vessels.

Listen to your body and stop anything that doesn’t feel comfortable.

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Are Vibrators Safe In The Third Trimester?

Yes, vibrator use is safe during the third trimester as long as the pregnancy is not high risk and the activity is a comfortable one.

The third trimester is another period of (potentially great) discomfort during pregnancy.

Your stomach is larger and finding a comfortable position in bed can be much more difficult.

At the same time, the third trimester can be exhausting. If the last thing you want to do is use a vibrator, that’s understandable.

If you’re up for a little solo (or partnered) action, laying on your side, standing in the shower, or sitting may be the most comfortable way to use your vibrator.

But is it safe? For the most part, yes — as long as your pregnancy is not high risk and you’re not experiencing pregnancy complications.

It’s important to note that sexual activity (of any kind) and orgasms can cause Braxton-Hick contractions — those “practice” contractions that help to prepare your uterus for the big day.

These can be more than a little concerning if you’re not expecting them — but they are harmless and normal.

If preterm labor is a concern, however, vibrator use and orgasms may create extra worry that you don’t necessarily need or want right now.

As we mentioned earlier, if you have a history of pregnancy complications or are dealing with them in your third trimester, talk to your doctor before using a vibrator in the third trimester.

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Using A Vibrator While Pregnant

You’ve got a body-safe vibrator. You’ve talked to your doctor, and you know what’s safe for your pregnancy.

So how do you use your vibrator while you’re pregnant?

The best answer: In whatever way is most comfortable for you.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when using a vibrator during pregnancy:

  • Start with your vibrator’s lower settings as your body may be more sensitive to stimulation, thanks to increased blood circulation.
  • Listen to your body and stop anything that doesn’t feel comfortable or pleasant.
  • If you’re too tired for sex with your partner, consider mutual masturbation together. Let your partner hold your vibrator and use it to get you off.

On that note, don’t feel bad if you’re too tired to use a vibrator or if it just doesn’t feel good to you right now.

You’re making a baby — it’s understandable if your libido drops a bit.

Additionally, the increased blood circulation in your body may increase sensation, so even a vibrator on its lowest setting may feel too intense.

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Is Lube Safe To Use During Pregnancy?

Yes, according to Dr. Kerry-Anne Perkins, the OB-GYN on our medical review board.

“Using lubrication during pregnancy is completely safe,” Dr. Perkins said. “Your baby is protected in the uterus by a closed cervix and a thick mucus plug.”

“The cervix remains closed until labor, [although] you may lose your mucus plug right before the start of labor. Therefore, lubrication generally will not pass to your baby,” she added.

Not all lubes are created equal, though. It’s important to choose body-safe lubricants.

“I recommend using lubrication made without harsh chemicals or solvents and one that is water-based,” Dr. Perkins advised. “Avoid parabens, glycerin, lubes that contain oil (including petroleum jelly), and fragrances.”

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In Conclusion

For most pregnancies, vibrator use can be safe, fun, and extremely pleasurable, thanks to the added blood flow in your body!

Choose a toy made from safe materials, clean it properly, and listen to your body.

Your vibrator can help you to have a satisfying sex life well into your pregnancy.

If you’re experiencing (or at risk for) pregnancy complications — or even if you’re just in doubt — talk to your doctor.

Don’t be embarrassed about it either. They know you’re having sex – you’re already pregnant!

What they’ll care about most is that the sex you have is as safe as possible for you and your baby — whether it involves vibrators or not.