Period Sex: Aye or Nay?

Sex on your period: Are you game for it? 

It’s normal to feel the “urge” but what about when it happens during your period? As menstruation is still treated as a taboo subject by some people, what more when it comes to having sex during one’s period? However, being knowledgeable is key to making better decisions for yourself and your body so whether you choose to have sex or not during your period, here are some key information that we think you should know.

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Orgasms can relieve menstrual cramps and headaches

Menstrual cramps are caused by contractions in your uterus when it's shedding its lining, the muscles in your uterus also contract when you’re having an orgasm but the release helps bring relief.

Having sex will also trigger your release of endorphins, which will put you in a good mood. Plus when you’re really “in the moment,” you’ll be more preoccupied with wanting to enjoy the experience rather than noticing any of your menstrual discomforts.

Your period may get shorter

As you experience muscle contractions during orgasm, this can push out uterine contents at a much faster pace resulting in shorter periods.

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Higher sex drive

Hormonal fluctuations may cause your libido to go up and down during your menstrual cycle, with the your sex drive typically increasing two weeks before your period due to your ovulation.
While these all sound great benefits to enjoy sex during your period, here are some points to consider:

  • Make sure you and your partner are both game for it; as period sex can be very messy especially if you have a heavy flow. Remember to place a towel, or some protection, over your sheets, if you’re going to do the deed on your bed. It might be more convenient to get in the shower so clean-up can be easier.
  • Be extra mindful of sexually transmitted infections like HIV and hepatitis, as such viruses live in the blood. Always use condoms whenever you have sex to reduce such risks.
  • If you use tampons or menstrual cups during your period, remove it before sex. You wouldn’t want it to get pushed farther inside your vagina that would make it unsafe for you or require a trip to the ER.
  • You CAN get pregnant if you have sex during your period. If you’re not trying to conceive, use a condom, as there’s still a possibility that you can get pregnant during this time. The length of one’s menstrual cycle may make it possible for you to get pregnant from period sex.

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Having your period doesn’t necessarily mean you have to put a pause on your sex life. The choice to have period sex is totally your and your partner’s choice. As long as you’re comfortable and mindful of how you can be safe, feel free to totally enjoy it.