Period Sex. Can it be done? Should it be done? Is it something you’d like to explore? Whatever your reaction to the topic of sex during periods might be, whether fainting in disgust to eagerly awaiting the next ride on your crimson wave, you should read on and find out some ‘good to know’ pointers for navigating the sexual experience during your period.
It might be messy
And that’s OK! You probably guessed this one. It’s not like there will be floods of blood and fluid, but depending on your flow it will mean that sex will be a tad messier than usual. Of course there are options preventing you from staining your bed sheets – towels, showers or however creative you get. Just keep in mind that there will be extra fluid involved, which brings us to nicely to…
Extra lubrication. Having your menstrual flow flowing adds some lubricant to your vagina, and that can be a very nice thing. If you usually prefer or need to use a lubricant (such as our favourite YES organic lubricants), during your period you get given a natural lubricant straight from your uterus.
Painful or pain relief?
Some women feel uncomfortable being touched during their period, as your body can tend to feel extra sensitive along with potential sore breasts. However, the hormones oxytocin and dopamine get released when you orgasm and this can have a wonderfully beneficial effect of helping to ease cramps both during PMS and menstruation. All the hormones released during sex (or masturbation for that matter) can be a strong pain killer and relax those cramps.
OK but what about STIs and pregnancies?
Unfortunately sexual health issues don’t take a break just because you’re menstruating. The NHS actually reports that the risk of passing on sexually transmitted infections is increased during menstruation. And despite your best logic, pregnancies can still happen, although conception is less likely. So if you are not looking to get pregnant, there is still need for contraception! Condoms, dental dams and good hygiene will help prevent STIs and pregnancies – so make sure you’re practising safe sex with whoever you’re having sex with.
What feels comfortable
And finally! Listen to your body and just do what you feel comfortable with. Whether you want to avoid a bloody mess or make the most of the additional lubricant and the mood – recognising your, as well as your partner’s, boundaries is absolutely essential. Have period sex if you want, and if you don’t, then don’t.
P.S. Period tracker apps are a great way to not only track when your due on your period, but also measuring fluctuations in your sex drive. Read more about using period tracker apps here.