When you’re ready to start labor, it’s easy to consider just about anything that will help you get that baby out already. Whether you’re walking up and down stairs, eating hot sauce, or trying any other of the many tips, you may start to wonder about other alternatives. For instance, you may even think: does anal stimulation start labor?

If this sounds like an outlandish idea, just remember that there are many unexpected things that can trigger labor and bring baby into the world. For instance, nipple stimulation can induce labor, and theoretically orgasms could trigger labor as well. So it isn’t too far-fetched to think about the implications of a little backdoor play.

The answer, as is so often the case, is: maybe. According to New Health Guide, if you orgasm during anal stimulation, then this may trigger contractions if you’re at an advanced stage of pregnancy. Whether this effect goes on to induce real labor is up for debate. From what I could find, there is a lack of scientific study regarding the correlation between anal stimulation and labor. So hey: if you give this idea a try, you’re contributing to science . . . well, kind of.


So if you would like to try this method, what are some ways to mitigate your risk factors? After all, this is not the time to risk any fissures or surprise infections. Fortunately, it’s easy enough to stay safe for this practice. According to Everyday Health, it’s a good idea to use plenty of lubricants, proceed slowly, and make sure you and your partner have up-to-snuff hygiene. In general, as long as your pregnancy is progressing normally, you and your partner can keep enjoying this sex act up until your water breaks. Just remember that, however ready you and your partner are for labor to commence, your body may just take things at its own pace.

And of course, as is always the case with health topics, reach out to your doctor for more personalized advice. (No need to be shy; he or she has seen everything.) But in general, if you want to give backdoor stimulation a shot at starting up your labor, then it’s probably safe to try.