Period sex, or having sex during menstruation, is a controversial topic. Some view it as taboo, while others enjoy it. Regardless of where you stand, it’s helpful to understand the safety, risks, and benefits of sex during a woman’s period. This article will cover everything you need to know about period sex.
Is It Safe To Have Sex During Menstruation?
The short answer is yes, having sex during your period is safe for both you and your partner. However, there are a few caveats.
During a woman’s period, the cervix is slightly open to allow blood to pass out of the body. This creates a slightly higher risk for infection, especially from bacteria being introduced to the uterus. Using protection, like a condom, can reduce this risk. There is also a concern about a higher risk of spreading sexually transmitted infections during this time.
The good news is that menstrual blood acts as a natural lubricant during sex, which can reduce friction and make sex more comfortable. The muscular contractions happening in the uterus during an orgasm can also help shed the uterine lining faster.
Precautions To Take During Period Sex
If you choose to have sex during your period, there are some precautions you can take to make it a more positive experience:
- Use a condom to reduce STI transmission risk and keep things tidier
- Consider showering beforehand if you feel self-conscious about blood
- Place a towel down underneath you to absorb any mess
- Try positions where your partner is behind you, like spooning or doggy style, to avoid getting blood on them
- Take things slow and use lots of lube since friction can be uncomfortable
- Avoid oral sex as this exposes your partner to blood
- Empty your menstrual cup beforehand if you use one
- Discuss boundaries and comfort levels openly with your partner
Having products on hand is also wise – keep wet wipes, tissues, new underwear, menstrual pads, or tampons nearby so you can quickly clean up afterward. Speaking of cleaning up, peeing after sex will flush out any bacteria that may have entered your urinary tract.
Period sex can be rewarding and comfortable if done with some added consideration and care. Communicate openly with your partner, utilize towels and protection, try positions that minimize blood contact, and shower before/after to really make things more pleasant. While there are small health risks to be aware of, don’t feel like your period has to put your entire sex life on hold! With the right precautions, period sex can be both safe and steamy.
Here are some frequently asked questions about period sex:
A: Some research indicates that orgasms may make a period end sooner due to contractions speeding up the shedding of your uterine lining. However, any effects would likely be very minimal.
A: Yes, period blood acts as a natural lubricant during sex which can reduce friction and increase comfort. However, the lubrication may not last as long as commercial lubricants.
A: It can! Orgasms may relieve menstrual cramps and the release of dopamine provides natural pain relief. The hormones released during an orgasm can temporarily alleviate the pain from contractions.
A: It’s unlikely but possible. Sperm can survive inside the female reproductive system for up to 5 days. During a typical cycle, ovulation happens about 14 days before your next period. But if you ovulate very early or late, having unprotected sex on your period could still result in pregnancy.
A: It depends! For some women, orgasms provide relief from cramps. For others, the convulsions of an orgasm can make cramps worse. Try it out and see how your body responds.
A: Period sex can be messier due to the presence of menstrual blood. Using protection, towels, and positioning techniques can help minimize messes. Be prepared with products to help you clean up before and after. An open conversation about comfort levels also goes a long way.