What is an Orgasmic Birth? Birthgasms & Erotic Birthing

What is an Orgasmic Birth? Birthgasms & Erotic Birthing

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Is a birthgasm real? Ah, the things you find yourself typing into that search bar. Well, in this particular instance, you may just find the answer you’ve been looking for: an orgasmic birth is indeed possible. Now, why didn’t they teach us that in biology class?
So while you may never have thought that you’d reach the height of pleasure while delivering a baby, turns out that having an orgasm during childbirth may not be such a far-fetched idea.

In this article: 📝

  • What is the meaning of orgasmic birth?
  • What is erotic birthing?
  • Is orgasmic birth possible?
  • How to have an orgasm during birth
  • Orgasmic birth stories

What is the meaning of orgasmic birth?

While humans have been giving birth for as long as human beings have been humans, conversations about childbirth and what it actually feels like are too often left in the shadows.

Sure, we have a plethora of movie scenes that depict women reaching a climax of pain as labor pushes them to a profanity-spewing breaking point—but the idea of equating pleasure and delivery as an orgasmic birth is hardly mainstream.

So does childbirth feel good? Or, at the very least, can it? The answer is yes.

Turns out, labor doesn’t have to be only torturous.

For many women, childbirth is not all about pain.

Sure, it may be because they have entered into the mystical realm of orgasmic childbirth—or perhaps it is simply because they have had an experience that feels loving, empowering, and the right kind of intense.

What is erotic birthing?

Erotic birthing is another phrase for an orgasmic birth ‒ also known as an ecstatic birth, sensual birth, or “birthgasm”.

But first things first, what causes an orgasm during birth?

To answer that question, we’ve got to take a moment to appreciate just how amazingly awesome and caring our bodies are.

We produce a magical little hormone called oxytocin ‒ yes that’s the “love hormone” ‒ this shining star arrives on the scene in full force during childbirth, stimulating contractions and lipids that help out with vital processes like blood flow.

Interestingly enough, some sexperts, like Kate Dimpfl, suggest that the word oxytocin comes from the Ancient Greek words for “swift birth”, so there’s an argument to say that an orgasmic birth could be a faster birth.

When it comes to orgasmic birth, this little love hormone, with the help of a bunch of its friends, goes all out and gives you quite the season finale to your pregnancy show.


Basically, it’s a way of using pleasure to manage pain.

The very existence of the orgasm during birth seems to throw into question the whole idea of orgasmic pleasure itself.

Perhaps it’s not simply about sexual pleasure in the sense we’ve come to understand it, but feeling overwhelmingly inhibited, connected, and blissful.

Now that you know that orgasmic childbirth exists, it’s hard not to wonder if there’s anything you can do to engineer it.

Is orgasmic birth possible?

Yes, having an orgasmic birth is possible.

But only about 0.3% of mamas are reported to have experienced an orgasm during birth.

That being said, it’s not really something we as a society have opened up to, so the number of women who have a labor orgasm or orgasmic birth could be higher.

How to have an orgasm during birth

Keen to see if you could have an orgasmic birth?

And, while there are theories out there that serve to help you along with your orgasmic birth, they are a little tricky to achieve in practice.

Some mamas consider masturbating to get there, others get their partners involved.

Now, as enticing as this may seem, the practicality for many may make these methods of achieving orgasmic birth more than a little challenging.

Picture the scenes at the hospital (where about 97% of women give birth).

Um. We’ll leave the rest to your imagination.

But, at Peanut, we don’t shy away from the conversion, so let’s explore the different ways you can have a childbirth orgasm:

Masturbation during labor

First off, can masturbation induce labor?

Sometimes, yes.

Whether you’re masturbating during labor, or your partner is giving you a hand, clitoral stimulation during labor can sometimes help bring things along.

Labor orgasms can also make the pain of labor that little bit more bearable ‒ plus, if your body is primed for pleasure, that can increase your chances of an orgasmic birth.

Masturbating during childbirth

How about masturbating during birth? Like, the big event?

Well, it’s a bit harder to actually do, with the mechanics of everything going on.

But it stands to reason that masturbating while giving birth ‒ i.e. while baby’s crowning ‒ could increase your chances of an orgasmic birth.

Orgasmic water birth

If you choose to have a water birth, that could mean that you might find it easier to achieve an orgasmic birth.

Using a birthing pool can literally help take the weight off, easing pain and shortening your labor.

So, combining a water birth with masturbating during labor could put you in good stead for an orgasmic water birth.

However, water births are not without their own unique (albeit rare) risks ‒ the chances of infection for you or baby are increased, and it can affect yours and baby’s body temperature.

If you’re keen to try a water birth plan, speak with your doctor.

Sex during labor

Another way to induce labor at home (according to our mamas on Peanut), having sex during labor can boost your chances of a birthgasm.

A quick word of warning: having penetrative sex during labor after your waters have broken can increase the risk of infection to baby, so it’s best to avoid inserting anything into your vagina once your waters have broken ‒ it’s time for something to come out!

A calm birth environment

One thing you may want to consider (whether you want to have an orgasm during childbirth or not) is making your birth environment as chilled as possible.

Think of the things that calm your senses. Music helps, scents help, sights help.

And why not try massage? Touch is another great way to manage pain via a soothing, pleasurable sensation.

Above all, feeling like you’re in an environment where you are protected by loved ones can go a very long way to wrap you in all the good feelings.

Orgasmic birth stories

Some of our mamas on Peanut have stories to share about their erotic birthing experiences.

From orgasmic birth stories of success and sensual birth advocates to accidental birthgasms and tell-all accounts of erotic births.

We’d love to share them here, but they’re not our orgasmic birth stories to tell ‒ if you want to hear the truth about what it’s like having an orgasmic birth from real mamas, join us on Peanut.

That’s all there is to know about orgasmic births!

Whether you’re keen to try your own erotic birthing experience or it’s not for you, that’s totally fine.

Your birth experience is all yours.

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