Does Masturbation Induce Labor? It Just Might

By the time you make it to through that ninth month of pregnancy, you deserve an award. You're ready for your baby, but sometimes your baby thinks that hanging out in the womb for a little bit longer is the best plan of action. Which is when you turn to every myth about inducing labor to try and help the baby along. Curry, spicy foods, exercise, acupuncture, castor oil, sex, the list goes on. Most of the natural ways to induce labor have been proven or disproven, but what about masturbation? Does masturbation induce labor? The answer is still fairly unclear. But there are correlations between the two acts.

When you reach climax during masturbation (and during sex) your brain releases oxytocin from your brain's pituitary gland into your bloodstream. Oxytocin, affectionately referred to as "the love hormone," increases those warm fuzzy feelings. According to The Huffington Post, "oxytocin creates intimacy, trust, and builds healthy relationships."

Beyond sex and masturbation, oxytocin can be stimulated in a way as simple as giving someone a hug. Dr. Paul Zak told The Huffington Post that inter-personal touch is key to keeping the oxytocin flowing. But oxytocin is more than just a lovey-dovey hormone for happiness and cuddling. Oxytocin is crucial for creating a bond in human relationships, and according to that same article, animals have even been known to reject their offspring if their release of oxytocin is blocked. Oxytocin is more than just a perk of an orgasm, it's a necessity.

It's no surprise then that hospitals often use a drug called pitocin to help induce labor. According to Fit Pregnancy, pitocin is a synthetic form of oxytoctin , and the American Pregnancy Association noted that the wonder hormone oxytocin can initiate labor which might not have started on its own, and it can speed up the pace of labor. It also helps mothers bond with their babies, and helps increase milk production. Nipple stimulation has also been said to aid in the natural production of oxytocin, and to aid in inducing labor.

The correlation between oxytocin and inducing labor is very clear, but what's unclear is how much oxytocin is released when you have an orgasm, and whether or not that's an effective amount to induce your labor naturally. According to Scientopia, the bigger the orgasm, the more oxytocin is released into the bloodstream. So while masturbation may not be a surefire way to induce labor, it can certainly help usher things along, especially if you know how to give yourself a serious orgasm.