Hundreds of thousands of years of evolution, and we come down to this? Seriously?

Out of all the things that you should be skeptical about, you are here asking if sex on period is okay?

Sex is the best thing we women can have. The passion and the heat of sexual activity are unparalleled. So why not have it when the body needs it the most?

Without a hint of doubt, periods are the ultimate nemesis of every woman out there. We just lie around like wounded soldiers, bleeding and crying, and of course, the hormonal imbalances.

So, if we can have a little pleasure in the moment of pain; if we can have someone to worship us like the Goddess that we are, what is wrong with it?

Are you worried about the mess? Well, I would be more worried about you if you were here telling me that you usually don’t clean up on regular days after having sex anyway.

But I get it, a lot of us do feel unclean or dirty during periods, and honestly, the kind of feedback, or more like the lack of feedback, is what fuels our doubts even more.

But you got a friend in me!

A couple of months back, I had the same idea. I thought periods were all about crying on my bed while binge-watching FRIENDS and eating as much junk as I could, but guess what?

With the right partner, the way you look at things, changes!

Mine did too. And honestly, it was the best decision ever!

Well, I am not telling you to jump to a conclusion right now. I didn’t either. It took me a lot of digging, a lot of interrogations, with a bucket full of insecurity and self-doubt, and one fine day, I decided to throw it all out the window, and here I am now, explaining to you why it was the best decision I ever made.

And not just speaking from the perspective of sex, there are other benefits too. If you didn’t already know, sex on a period is one of the best painkillers, without any side effects.

So without any further delay, let me take you through all the things I found out about having sex on period, and then maybe we can figure out if you want to do it or not.

Contents

Types Of Sex

Types Of Sex

Now before jumping to any conclusions, I think it’s fair for you to know that sex has types. Sex on period, therefore, is also a combination of the different types of sexual activities.

Sex on period is mainly inclusive of these four types:

  • Oral Sex
  • Penetrative Sex
  • Masturbation
  • Other Sexual Activities

While for some people performing any of these activities may be extremely uncomfortable, for some, extremely pleasurable.

Also, before we get into the depths of the topic, let me just clear out that having sex on period is completely a choice. Therefore it is unfair to judge anyone based on their sexual choices and preferences. This article aims to educate people, and not force them into doing anything that they do not feel comfortable doing. Sex, after all, is all about comfort – periods, or no periods!

Some people frown on sex on period, while some may feel it’s quite beneficial. I have known multiple women that have had issues with self-lubrication, or simply speaking, staying wet during sex. Period sex is a blessing, especially for those women that refuse to use artificial lubricants.

Also, the vagina and the vulva get swollen with blood, which makes the body ten times more sensitive to touch, which helps the sex become even more sensual.

Also, period sex is a great painkiller. It helps severely with period cramps.

Sexual activities release endorphins in the body, which helps in easing the pain. Other than just periods, sex in itself can relieve migraine or headaches for many people.

Sex On Period: The Benefits

Sex On Period The Benefits

As I said before, sex on period is not just about intense pleasure, it is a lot more than that.

Period sex has multiple proven benefits; let me take you through some of those now:

Cramp Relief

Well, I don’t know about you, but for me, the worst part of periods is the cramp!

And I am pretty sure many women can relate with me on this. A majority of my period goes by complaining about how badly my stomach hurts while hugging a heating pad and swallowing as many painkillers as I can.

So, if I am getting a chance to get momentary relief from that terrifying pain, I will grab it!

Orgasms relieve menstrual cramps.

Period cramps mainly occur because of the contraction of the uterus to release its lining. While you orgasm, the muscles of your uterus contract too; hence it provides a relief from the nuisance that cramps are.

Sex also releases a good amount of endorphins in the body, which makes you feel good. And honestly, I would trade every penny in my bank just to feel good while I am on my period.

Shorten Your Periods

How many times have you heard any of your peers say that their period gets over in two or three days while you are just a walking blood bank for an entire week?

Well, God has his favorites!

And we apparently are not, so we just need to find ways to survive.

Luckily, sex on period can actually shorten the time span of your periods. Orgasms, as I said, help in muscle contraction, which in turn helps in pushing out your uterine contents faster, hence shorter periods. Yaay!

Increases Sex Drive

Thanks to extreme hormonal imbalances, our libido keeps changing throughout the menstrual cycle.

Some people claim that their sex drive increases a lot during their ovulation period, which is two weeks prior to your periods, while some claim that it is at its peak during periods.

With an increased level of sec drive, the sex gets even more intense and passionate.

A Natural Lube

Many of us struggle to naturally lube ourselves, which is normal. You do not have to feel guilty about it at all. Every body is different, and some of us just need a push. A lubricant does exactly that.

However, sex on period takes away the entire hassle of an artificial lubricant because blood acts as a natural one.

Helps In Relieving Migraine

According to a study back in 2017, more than half of the total women have complained about getting migraine attacks during periods.

While a majority of the women that get migraine attacks during periods refrain from having sex on periods; however, studies have found that sex on a period has partially or totally relieved migraine attacks.

Are There Any Side Effects Of Sex On Period?

Side Effects Of Sex On Period

Well, YES!

You can’t always have the goods, now can you? Everything that is fun will have some setbacks after all.

The biggest setback of sex is the mess it makes. During the days of heavy flow, it will look like a battleground. Blood will be everywhere.

The blood wouldn’t just worry you about ruining the bed sheets but will make you extremely self-conscious. The anxiety will also result in taking away the majority of the fun from the sex.

There is yet another worry about having sex on period, and that is the transmission of STIs, like hepatitis. The hepatitis virus lives within the blood and may get transmitted through the menstrual blood.

Therefore, it is always best to use a condom, which will not only keep you safe from any sexually transmitted diseases but also reduce the chances of pregnancy.

Can You Get Pregnant While Having Sex On Period?

To answer your question, YES! You can get pregnant if you are having sex, even during your period!

It doesn’t matter what part of the cycle you are in; the chances of pregnancy during periods may be low, but it is never zero.

The highest chance of getting pregnant is while you are ovulating; however, it is still possible for you to get pregnant during the other stages too.

Therefore, try and use a condom or other forms of contraceptives while you are having sex on periods unless you are actively trying to get pregnant.

Tips On Having Sex On Period

Now that you know that sex on period isn’t that bad either, and also that it has some major setbacks, let me just give you some of the tips that will help you make your experience a little less messy, so you can just keep your focus on the sex!

  • Try to communicate openly with your partner. Be honest and tell them what you think about having sex on your period and take their opinion too.
  • If you prefer using a tampon, or a period cup, remove it before you have sex.
  • Try using a towel. A dark color at that. This will absorb the stains that could have ruined your bedsheets. Also, try to have sex in the shower or bathtub, as that will help you avoid the mess entirely.
  • Keep wet wipes or a wet washcloth around to clean up immediately afterward.
  • Always use a latex condom to prevent the transmission of any STIs or pregnancy.
  • You may also try out different sexual positions, which may be more comfortable compared to your usual ones.

10 Women Open Up About Having Sex On Period!

And y’all thought I’d leave you with just my own opinions? Never!

At the very beginning, I said it was the lack of genuine feedback that had made so many women skeptical about having sex on their period. So, I did what a girl needs to do.

I asked 10 adult women to anonymously share their experiences and opinion on having sex on period, and here are the responses for you!

Anonymous.

"While a lot of people think that it is a disgusting thing to have penetrative sex when you are on your period, I personally really enjoy it. However, it wasn't like this before. I, too, used to feel uneasy thinking about the fact that it would be a rather "messy and bloody" love.

My partner made me feel comfortable about it, to be very honest. And I think that it was one of the best decisions we made so far.

And there are a number of reasons why I am of this opinion. Firstly, it really helps you out with unbearable cramps. Secondly, you are naturally even more lubricated; hence the task is much "smoother" than you would expect. And lastly, it intensifies your emotion on a separate level altogether!

If you ask me whether I would recommend this or not, it is a hundred percent YES from my side!"
Anonymous.

"Yeah, as long as both partners are hygienic, it is okay, I suppose. It is, however, better to check with your partner if they are queasy about blood because it might be normal for women to encounter period blood; however, for men, it is a different "ball" game altogether! Wink! A tip, spread a towel before you do the deed or keep a wet towel handy just in case it goes out of hand.
Shower sex can be a good idea during these times."
Anonymous.

"Straight period sex is hectic, tbh. I am someone who doesn't prefer condoms while fucking generally, but obviously, during periods of sex, we need the protection, so it's less pleasurable that way, but it surely helps to lessen the pain and the cramps because it releases hormones that relieve pain, I guess?

But the comfort level, how I felt in my body at that time, was pretty low, I didn't feel that comfortable, but that wasn't because of my partner, he did whatever he could to make me feel comfortable, but that was just me. It's hard-wired.

But my gay period sex experience was way better. Like, the intimacy between two same-gendered people is more, so the understanding is more. I felt less gross and shy. The sex was much more sensuous, and I feel, yeah, I was wetter during this time. I even orgasmed."
Anonymous.

"Well, personally, I don't like the idea of having while I am on my periods. I find it gross but if I keep an open mind, I think it is okay to have sex on periods if you are comfortable with it. It helps with the pain and cramps as well, so if one is okay with the idea, I would say, 'go get it girl.'"
Anonymous.

"Period sex is comforting. It especially works for those cramps, and the foreplay part is very helpful on those days when I feel extra clingy and mushy. You want a sense of belonging, a little more intimacy on those days, and period sex gives you all that."
Anonymous.

"There is a prolonged myth in our society that during periods we can't have sex , and that's totally wrong. Sex during periods totally depends on two people in a relationship , if they are comfortable it's absolutely ok. Also during the periods there is a hormonal imbalance and a sudden hike in your sexual desires , So sex during periods is totally good."
Anonymous.

"From my side, I don't think having sex during periods is good. I know we tend to feel horny during this time. But personally, I feel having sex during periods can be messy and it ruins the feeling of pleasure that can occur in normal sex cannot be achieved during our periods."
Anonymous.

"I am not experienced with the topic but I think it is not pleasurable. Yeah people do it on their periods because it acts like a lubricant and at that time women are releasing more hormones but the downside is if the guy doesn't wear a condom then the women will definitely get pregnant."
Anonymous.

"For me the experience was a bit uncomfortable and not much pleasant. Me and my s/o were much more concerned about not getting our bed sheets bloodstained than the sex...and ya, it was physically painful too."
Anonymous.

"I have never tried period sex in my entire 9 years' journey and I don't look forward to trying it either. I feel it's messy and also unhygienic to some extent. But, on the other hand, I've also heard it's full of pleasure for the woman."

Let’s Wrap It Up Then!

Sex, in every way, is beautiful. It is hot, passionate, and intimate if done the right way.

Sex on period is nothing abnormal. Period is not something you should be disgusted with. It’s just a bodily phenomenon, and so is sex.

So, mingling them both is not wrong, only as long as you are enjoying it. Sex, after all, is all about comfort, so if either of the partners is not comfortable, it will be a disaster.

To avoid that, communicate!

Talk about it and then decide if you want to do it or not.

And please, practice safe sex! And if there is anything else you want to know, please drop in a comment. I will be here to help you whenever you need me.

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