New mothers rarely boast that giving birth is as satisfying as the quickie that left them with forty extra pounds, stretch marks and—of course—a bundle of joy.
However, Orgasmic Birth, Debra Pascali-Bonaro’s new documentary (completely unrelated to sadomasochism, by the way) is quickly closing the public’s perception of a nine-month gap between pleasure and pain. The film follows 11 pregnant women in their exploration of various labor options, and ultimately asserts that childbirth can be as sexually stimulating as the child’s conception—and even result in orgasm.
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Bird-and-bee experts featured in the documentary say that the physiological pathways involved in sexual pleasure are also stimulated by childbirth. Hormones—particularly oxytocin—also play a role in both sexual arousal and childbirth. Since oxytocin is naturally released during foreplay and orgasm, and it’s responsible for uterine contractions, it follows that sexual stimulation during labor can make childbirth go more—ahem—smoothly. Pair oxytocin with vaginal stimulation inherent in childbirth, and sensual, passionate childbirth becomes a little more believable.
Wondering why women haven’t been oooh-ing and ahh-ing through childbirth forever? Experts say that artificially administered oxytocin (used to induce labor) and the clinical hospital atmosphere prevent women from experiencing pleasure. No wonder we’re all still scarred by The Miracle of Life! An orgasmic childbirth requires preparation, relaxation and privacy. While it seems like it may take more work than a spinal tap, women who’ve experienced sexual, orgasmic childbirths say it’s brought them new heights of sexual pleasure, not to mention increased self-confidence.
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For a clip of Orgasmic Birth—and don’t worry, it won’t leave you pledging celibacy—dim the lights, slip on a little sexy-something, and click away: