Sex On Your Period
Why should your period bar you from having sex? The stigma surrounding periods can make it feel taboo, so a lot of people tend to avoid it, but if you want to enjoy yourself during that time of the month, you should consider it. Though it may seem messy it can actually come with a lot of benefits. So, what are the facts about period sex? The good bits, the bad bits, and everything in between? Let’s find out!
For both straight and queer couples, period sex can have a huge amount of benefits! They say that even just masturbation can be really helpful as far as period cramps go. Orgasms do wonders for cramps, as they not only contract your uterine muscles, they also release endorphins that can give you a sense of euphoria. That euphoria helps with mood swings during PMS and throughout your menstrual cycle.
There is a lot of research that suggests that your body is more sensitive and reaches higher arousal during your period because your hormones are heightened. This means that sex during your period can lead to stronger orgasms. Another positive to consider is menstrual discharge, which can act as a natural lubricant, making period sex a lot easier and more comfortable for many people. It isn’t just penetrative sex either: You can focus all of the attention on the clit while you or your partner uses a tampon, cup, or vaginal condom, without having to worry about any mess. For both straight and queer couples, it can be an incredibly intimate time to just focus on each other’s bodies.
However, the biggest issue with period sex is the potential “mess.” An easy way to avoid this is relocating to the shower or bathtub. If you aren’t comfortable in the water, you can simply put a towel down. All of these options help reduce the mess and in some cases clean it up as you go!
Before you decide to have penetrative sex, remember to remove your tampon or menstrual cup. A tampon left in during penetrative sex can get lodged inside and can cause serious problems. Make sure that you don’t put yourself at risk.
During your period, it is incredibly important to make sure you and your partner are practicing safe sex. It may seem unlikely, but there is a chance of pregnancy if you’re having sex while on your period. Sperm can survive inside the vagina for 3–5 days so it is recommended that if you decide to have sex on your period you wear protection. Practicing safe sex also protects you against contracting an STI.
Most of the issues that come up when having sex on your period are entirely preventable: The mess can be controlled with a menstrual cup or tampon; you and your partner can focus on the stimulation of the clitoris instead of penetration; and you can consider a location shift or just use a towel. No matter what, remember to wear protection and communicate clearly with your partner about expectations.
The most important thing to remember when having sex on your period is to enjoy yourself! Whether it is you or your partner who is on their period, it should never be something that is surrounded by shame. Everything is about ensuring that you and your partner are comfortable.