Having Sex on Your Period

Have you watched the movie "50 Shades of Grey"? Then, how can you forget that much talked-about tampon scene? It often makes women ask a very common question, "Can I have sex on my period?"  Others are concerned about safety. Keep reading to learn everything about having sex on your period.

Is It OK to Have Sex on Your Period?

The simple answer is that yes it is okay to have sex on your period, so long as your partner has no issues with it. It is natural and safe for both partners. You just need to take some steps to avoid stained sheets and other messy stuff. You can have it in the shower or you can simply put a towel on the bed to enjoy having sex on your period. You may notice dark red blood or brown clumps during or after your sexual encounter. Do not worry because it is normal old blood and cells of uterine lining.  

How to Have Sex on Period

Some people are perfectly okay with the idea of having sex during periods, but others find it difficult to proceed, especially due to the presence of blood. You can always make some adjustments if you really want to do it during your menstruation. You can wear a tampon and ask your partner to focus more on your clitoris. This will help you reach an orgasm without even asking for any penetration.

Do not wear menstrual cups during penetration. You may use them if you are extremely concerned about leakage. Still, you should avoid cups made of rubber because the smell and taste of rubber may be uncomfortable and unpleasant for your partner. A silicone cup is a better choice. If you are really interested in mess-free play, you may want to opt for soft cups. You can use these cups during intercourse because they are shaped like a diaphragm and are quite flexible too. Just keep in mind that these cups do not work as a contraceptive.

If you are having sex on your period, you should bear a few things in mind to make it an enjoyable experience. For instance:

  • Get a dark towel and place it on the bed to minimum the mess.
  • Wash bloody sheets in cold water as soon as you are done with the act.
  • Enjoy sex in other places – you can have it in the bathroom, in the tub, on the floor, etc.
  • Lie on your side or back for less dripping.
  • Keep a wet washcloth with you to clean the mess in a timely manner
  • Do not forget to wash sex toys after your sex session.
  • Avoid positions like female on top if your partner is a bit concerned about blood.
  • Have sex on your lighter days to avoid making things messy.
  • Take a shower after the act to clean yourself and feel better.

What Should I Watch Out For?

While having sex on your period is mostly safe, you may have to keep a few important things in mind. For starters, you may have to deal with bacterial infections. That is mainly because bacteria can penetrate the cervical mucus more easily during this time. This may result in the infections of your upper reproductive tract. Bacterial vaginosis is another possibility in this case. It is also easier for bacteria to grow quickly because they will have plenty of iron around to feed on during your menstruation. It is also important to understand that you are more susceptible to infections and STDs at this time because your cervix is more open at this time of month. This is to allow the blood to pass with ease.

You Can Get Pregnant at This Time

If your partner does not use condoms, you may be at a greater risk of developing STIs. This also increases the risk of HIV transmission. You may also consider wearing female condoms to practice safer sex and protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections and other diseases.

Some women think they cannot get pregnant when they have sex during period. That is not true. You can become pregnant if your ovulation overlaps with menstruation. Even if you are not ovulating at the time of intercourse, you may begin to in a couple of days after your period. Sperm can live up to 5 days and fertilize an egg soon after your period ends. It is therefore a good idea to take contraceptive pills and practice safe sex to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

Decide If Having Sex on Your Period Works for You

Sex on your period is a good thing not only because it satisfies your sexual needs but also because it offers some other health benefits. Many women who have sex during period experience relief from menstrual cramps. Foreplay and orgasm can make you feel great and take your attention away from all the discomfort caused by your period. In most cases, an orgasm works better than a painkiller in period.

It is completely your choice to decide if you want to engage in any sexual activity during period or not. Research shows that adults are more comfortable having sex on period as compared to teens. Some adults even feel aroused by the idea of having sex during menstruation. It is mainly because they feel they are doing something special, which is even considered as taboo in many cultures. Yes, it can be messy, but it may be satisfying with blood serving as a natural lubricant.