1. You are certainly not alone in wondering what “pelvic rest” means, or feeling uncomfortable about asking a doctor for details of what you may and may not do sexually. Being on pelvic rest means you shouldn’t do anything that might cause or increase bleeding or contractions. That means you need to adhere to the following guidelines: Nothing in the vagina. This includes tampons, penis, or fingers; No orgasms (for you). They can cause contractions, so even oral sex and masturbation are out; No breast stimulation. Stimulating the breasts releases the hormone oxytocin, which can cause contractions. Once you have your ultrasound, your doctor will learn more about what may be causing the bleeding.

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