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May 24, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Q On the May 9 episode of Friends, a doctor prescribes sex to induce labor for Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel. (The idea also surfaced this month on The WB’s Reba.) Is it good advice — or just a sneaky way to sex up a sitcom?

A Hanky-panky doesn’t just cause pregnancy. Semen contains hormones that make the uterus contract, possibly bringing on the blessed event, says Dr. Jacques Moritz, an OB-GYN at New York’s St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. ”It’s not 100 percent effective,” she notes. Drinking castor oil has a similar effect, explains the doc, but ”it’s definitely less fun than sex.” And not exactly a prime-time draw. — Jennifer Armstrong (Send queries to BurningQuestions@ew.com)

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09/22/94-05/06/04
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Charles Thomas Allen,
John Christopher Allen,
Helen Baxendale,
Eddie Cahill,
Cosimo Fusco,
Elliott Gould,
Jessica Hecht,
Mitchell Whitfield,
Jane Sibbett,
Lauren Tom,
James Michael Tyler,
Maggie Wheeler
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