Sex During Periods – Is It Safe?

Most religions and cultures (even in today’s US) have always preached that sexual intercourse should be avoided when women are on their periods. The reasons for this old belief is not just it being ‘unclean’ but a more scientific one: STDs. Back in the early days, latex condoms and other forms of protection didn’t exist, nor was there any public awareness of STDs either. So, to prevent the spread of diseases, many cultures and religions make it almost a taboo to have sex while menstruating.

Sex During Periods

However, there are now men and women who are currently breaking these restrictions and exploring the taboo that is ‘period-sex.’ In this article, we will be looking at some of the facts related to period sex, including the benefits, risks, and precautions you should be aware of if you and your partner are considering having sex during your periods.

Most people are surprised by the fact that many women today have sex during their periods, and the medical community even endorses this practice.

And if you are looking for a few reasons to convince yourself (or your partner) on having sex while on menstruating, here they are:

It Takes You On A Journey Outside Of Your Comfort Zone:

Most of us have been brought up to think that sex and periods should not even be used in the same sentence, so many find period sex to be out of their comfort zone. But once you take this first step outside of your comfort zone, you and your partner will be introduced to a whole new vivid world of sexual pleasure, excitement, and happiness. Our advice is to go for it while taking the necessary precautions for long-term satisfaction.

It Brings Great Pleasure To Everyone Involved:

Linking back to our previous point, while sex during periods is considered outside of our comfort zone, most of us have always been curious and have wanted to try it out. This, added to the fact that most women are horny before and during their periods can also help doing it. As far as the men are concerned, imagine telling a man that he can have sex for the whole month (instead of three weeks of yes, followed by one week of no) and his reaction will tell you his answer.

Sex During Periods Brings Great Pleasure To Everyone Involved

It Can Help Combat Period Pains:

Period cramps are something that only women who have had PMS can understand and while there are many home-remedies to alleviate period cramps, period sex is one of the less known solutions. That’s right, having sex during your period helps give you orgasms. These orgasms flood your brain with endorphins like dopamine and oxytocin which help relieve period pains.

For those who want to find more information on ways to relieve period pains, read 10 Effective Methods To Relieve Period Pains

It Allows For Lube-Free Sex:

Having sex with (lube) lubrication is always a plus in our book, even when you have gotten your juices flowing with the right amount of foreplay. This is because lube can make sex more pleasurable and less painful. But during periods, the average woman loses around 4-12 teaspoons of fluid which is a mixture of the uterine lining and a little blood. So, this is a great time to forego store-bought lube for some natural lube.

It Is A Great Way To Improve Your Intimacy:

Most women are very sensitive about their partners seeing their menstrual blood and while that’s okay, sharing this experience can help improve your intimacy. After all, building intimacy is one of the biggest reasons we have sex. So, having sex during your period can help you and your partner open up to each other, taking your intimate bond to the next level.

It Helps Reduce Your Period Length:

You may have heard of the myth that ‘Having sex during periods can stop periods.’ While not 100% accurate, it does stand relatively true. What happens is that when you have sex during your period and orgasm, your uterus contracts more frequently. This forces more blood and uterine lining to be ejected from your vagina faster than it would have naturally. So, it’s not that having sex stops your periods, it just speeds up the fluid ejection and shortens your period length.

Period Sex Helps Reduce Period Length

It Won’t Be As Disturbing As You (And Your Partner) Imagined It To Be:

Most women worry about bringing up period sex with their partners because they imagine that their partners will be grossed out by all the blood and fluid. But a 2012 study found that when people are having sex and are sexually aroused, anything other than having sex becomes a secondary thought. So, first, talk to your partner and get comfortable with the idea of having sex during your next period and when the time comes, get each other aroused and enjoy yourselves.

There you go, those were the benefits of having sex during your periods. Now let’s take a look at a couple of precautions you should take while having period sex:

Don’t Use A Cervical Cap Or Diaphragm:

Diaphragm and cervical caps are birth control methods that should not be used to prevent blood from flowing out of the vagina. This is because the stagnant menstrual blood can be a breeding ground for bacteria which can produce high levels of toxins. These toxins can enter your bloodstream and cause Toxic Shock Syndrome, a rare but deadly illness with shocking repercussions.

If you want to read more about the signs, treatments, and prevention of Toxic Shock Syndrome, click here for our in-depth article on TSS.

Use Spare Towels Or Do It In The Shower:

Having period sex has a lot of benefits, but can also be very messy. To counter this sexual hiccup, all you have to do is lay down some spare towels and get with the program. Also, the missionary position is recommended when having sex during periods as this avoids your bed sheets becoming collateral damage. Another way to avoid making a mess is by taking your fun-making to the shower. Shower sex is not only sexy but also helps make cleanup very easy.

Use A Condom When Having Sex:

Coming back to the start of our topic, we mentioned the risks of getting STDs being the reason it was previously recommended not to have sex during periods. While doctors have given you the green light to have sex, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear protection. Condoms are not just a way to avoid a messy situation down below for your partner, but also to protect yourself and your partner from STDs (in case either of you isn’t sure of the other’s status). And it’s not just STDs you need condoms for since you can even get pregnant if you have unprotected sex during periods. Okay, so the chance of this is meager, but it’s better to be safe than pregnant, right?

Risk Of Pregnancy While Having Sex During Period

A Final Word:

Now that we have covered the facts, benefits, and precautions of period sex, you should be well-prepared to sit down with your partner and talk about this new step your relationship is about to take. And if you are a man who wants to (or is just curious) have sex during your partners period, the same advice applies. Remember that the strongest foundation for any relationship is communication and trust. And these two factors are especially true when it comes to considering sex during periods.

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