What’s It Actually Like to Have an Orgasmic Birth?
Orgasmic birth—a phenomenon of labor and delivery being pleasurable, also called ecstatic birth—is a controversial topic. One study estimates about 0.3 percent of women experience one. Some women may orgasm spontaneously during the process, while others may opt to masturbate or even have intercourse during labor. Masturbating or having sex, of course, is difficult for women birthing in a hospital setting, where there is little privacy and laboring women may be hooked up to IVs and fetal monitors. Given that around 98 percent of women in the U.S. give birth in a hospital, the very idea of orgasmic birth is totally foreign to most pregnant women.”