While sex during pregnancy is safe for most women, there’s a catch. This technique can also lead to death for non-pregnant women. Little is known about this by the general public. Hopefully this article will shed light into a common problem for women in sexual intercourse that may save their lives. No one should die after being in the arms of their beloved.
During intercourse oral sex is often mutually given to one another. The man may blow air into the nether regions of the woman, either softly or forcefully. Either way, this causes an air pocket to form in the vagina, the canal where the penis is inserted. Referred to as an air embolism, it restricts blood flow, much like a regular embolism in the blood would do. It doesn’t occur right away. An embolism in the vagina can happen up to 2 weeks after oral sex.
It is also possible that air can enter the vagina through regular penis penetration. There have been 18 deaths recorded recently where deaths have occurred because of this. States the Department of Health, abortion increases the odds of air embolism to occur. This is due to abnormal vaginal bleeding and an increased likelihood of air bubbles entering the major vessel in the body-the aortic valve, via intercourse. Vessels are exposed or damaged in cases of vaginal delivery, use of forceps in delivery, while pregnant when the vessels are more easily injured, during abortion, and during the menstrual cycle. This exposure or openings of the vessels permits the air to enter into them allowing air to flow to the heart, lungs, and/or brain.
In pregnancies, air embolism is most likely to transpire between gestational weeks 19 and 31. For all women, pregnant or not, the knee-chest position (“doggy style”) of sexual intercourse is purportedly the culprit for the most air embolism cases. This is because the vagina is opened up more, allowing for air to flow more freely inside. This is a favorite position for expecting mothers due to the enlarged belly getting in the way in other sexual positions.
In 52% of all Cesareans performed on women, it has been concluded that air embolism is created. However, these women suffered mild to moderate complications and medical intervention was administered before death occurred.
In cases of venous catheterization, when a needle is placed short-term in a major artery, 1 in 47 patients suffer from an air embolism. This even more common than in cases of sexual intercourse.
It is also important to know that vaginal douching is also not safe, especially during pregnancy. This practice has been linked to an increase risk of getting an air embolism. Douching can cause tiny vaginal lacerations, much like when digital foreplay is done during or before sexual intercourse.
Unfortunately, there is little known about the symptoms of air embolism, as women usually don’t live to tell what the experience was like. Additionally, they may not be aware of anything being wrong until it is too late. It is important to note that at any time the woman’s vagina is compromised, ever so slightly even, there is a likelihood of air being entered into the damaged walls of vessels and the air bubbles then traveling up to the heart, lungs and/or brain.