Period sex is one of those taboo subjects that no one wants to talk about, but deep down, everyone wants to know the deets – so what’s the real deal?
1. Orgasms can ease cramps and symptoms of PMS
The endorphins released by orgasms can relieve common PMS symptoms such as stress (obvs), but they can also relieve menstrual cramps for some people – based on the strength and intensity of the climax. Vaginal orgasms have substantial alleviating properties, much more than clitoral stimulation.
2. Menstrual blood is 100% not harmful for the penis
It’s 2018 and all that, but some people are genuinely still under the impression that period blood is ‘impure’ and carries infections that could spread if a guy gets in touch with it. Simply put, there is NO truth in this – menstrual blood is a mixture of healthy blood and tissues that the body no longer needs, so absolutely no harm will come from him getting a bit of blood on his, ahem, sword.
3. Orgasm may speed up the release of menstrual blood
Period sex is always going to be a bit of a messy affair, but you may notice more blood than expected, even if your period is fairly light. This is because orgasm increases the rate at which endometrial debris are expelled from the body, which in turn can decrease the length of your period. Basically, you can speed up your period by having sex.
4. Nearly a third of people have sex during their period
Just because no one talks about it, it doesn’t mean that no one is doing it! Research has shown that 30% of sexually active people have sex during their period – and loads of women even notice an increase in arousal around this time of the month. So if you’re getting it on more than usual during that time of the month, you’re not alone.
5. And it can make sex more enjoyable
As mentioned above, studies have shown that periods have no negative effect on sexual arousal, and some women will want sex more during their period. Many women claim to be more turned on and feel more sensitive around this time, leading to an increase in pleasure when stimulated.
6. It’s a natural lubricant
Enough said, but trust us – you probably won’t need any lube.
7. You’re more likely to spread sexually transmitted infections
Proceed with caution – whilst there are good points to it, sex during menstruation may contribute to transmission of some sexually transmitted infections (such as HIV). To allow the blood to pass, the cervix is slightly more open around this time, which puts you at a higher risk if of infection if exposed to an STI. If in doubt, follow your usual safe sex guidelines and use a condom.
8. Yes, you CAN still get pregnant
People with regular 28-day cycles are less likely to ovulate around their period (and therefore less likely to get pregnant), but you’re not made invincible by a bit of blood. There are many reported cases of ovulation happening close to menstruation and, because sperm can live up to seven days, it is actually possible to get pregnant during your period.
9. But if you do, your baby won’t have red hair just because you conceived during your period
FFS. We don’t even know how this is still a myth, but let’s clear it up anyway – whilst a red-headed sproglet is still a possibility if you conceive during your period, it’s deffo no more likely than if you conceived when you were period free. Rumours of this started in the Middle Ages, when it was a widely believed notion that ginger children were a result of copulation during menstruation, but it’s total BS, in case you were wondering.
10. Clean up can be easy
You might enjoy period sex, but chances are, your bedsheets won’t. To remove bloodstains quickly and efficiently, soak them in cold salt water before washing ASAP, then spray on a stain remover and wash as usual. Hey presto – any visual reminders should wash right out.
11. You don’t have to do it (OBVIOUSLY)
Period sex is a personal choice, and not one every woman chooses to make. Don’t ever feel pressured to have sex whilst you’re on your period if you don’t want to – if your partner can’t wait a few days, they’re probably not worth waiting for.