Yes! It is not required to avoid having sex during periods. Although it can be a little messy, having sex when you’re on your period is totally safe and can even help to relieve menstrual cramps. To protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies, remember to use birth control methods like condoms, contraceptives, etc. Having sex during periods can have a lot of benefits, such as: 1

  • Relief from period cramps:

Orgasms may help to relieve menstrual cramps. Menstrual cramps are felt due to uterine contractions since the uterine lining is shedding during this time. When you have an orgasm, the muscles in your uterus contract and then relax. Due to this discharge, the period cramps can reduce significantly.

Having sex also releases hormones called endorphins, which can make you feel better. Additionally, engaging in sexual activity helps you forget about the discomfort caused during periods.

  • A greater desire for sex:

Hormonal changes affect your libido during your menstrual cycle. Some women claim that they have an increased sexual desire while they are about to get their period. Other women claim their sexual desire increases during periods.

  • Helps you relieve your headache:

Approximately 50% of women experience migraine headaches during their periods. Although most of them who experience menstrual migraines avoid having sex during their migraine attacks, many women who have sex during this time claim that it partially or completely relieves their headaches.

  • Periods with a shorter time frame:

The duration of your menstrual cycle probably shortens during the period of sex. It is due to the fact that during an orgasm, muscle contractions force the uterine secretions to leave the body more quickly, shortening the duration of your periods.

Is there anything wrong with period sex?

Although having sex while on your period is okay, there are a few risks to consider:

STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) Threat: 

Sexual activity without using a condom or another form of contraception increases the risk of infection and the possibility of getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). When you have unprotected sex during periods, some STIs, like the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are much easier to transfer. Even oral sex can transmit STIs! However, using barrier contraceptive methods like condoms and dental dams can help decrease the possibility of getting any such infections. It helps in having safe sex by creating a barrier between you and your reproductive organs to prevent skin-to-skin contact. Contraceptives such as male condoms, female condoms, and dental dams may be appropriate depending on the type of sex you’re having.

Pregnancy Concerns:

Even while you are on your period, having unprotected sex increases your risk of getting pregnant, while also increasing the risk of getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Use birth control to prevent unplanned pregnancies, such as a condom, diaphragm, IUD, or birth control pills. Consult your doctor to find out the best birth control method for you.2

Sexual suggestions for women on their period

Here are some suggestions for improving comfort and making the process less messy and more enjoyable:

  • Discuss your feelings about having sex while on your period with your partner and find out their perspective.
  • Discuss your hesitations if you or your partner are not comfortable.
  • If you’re using a tampon, remove it before you start messing around.
  • Use a dark-coloured cloth on the bed to catch any blood drips.
  • Alternately, have sex in the bathtub or shower to entirely avoid the mess.
  • Keep a wet washcloth or wet wipes next to the bed for cleanup.
  • Try a different position if your usual one makes you uncomfortable.

Don’t let your sex life come to a standstill because of your periods. Those five or so days could be just as enjoyable as the rest of the month if you do some before planning. You might be surprised to learn that having sex during your period is even more exciting