Menstruation, menstrual cycle and sex life, what are the links?

Règles, cycle menstruel et vie sexuelle, quels liens ?

Menstruation, like sexuality, is the source of many taboos but also beliefs and preconceived ideas that have no basis in fact. Sometimes, these beliefs can be relayed on social networks. This is confirmed by a Facebook post published during the week that states "If her menstrual cycle changes, it is because she slept with someone else. Otherwise women's periods never change. In other words, if a woman has an irregular cycle permanently or occasionally, she must have had sex with someone other than her partner. Irregular periods can be caused by a variety of factors. To protect yourself if you have an irregular cycle, you can use our


Does sexual activity have an impact on the menstrual cycle?


Of course this idea is completely false, however, the Facebook post has been seen more than 300,000 times in one week and has been shared hundreds of times, which raises many problems.
In addition to relaying a dangerous information for the health of some couples who could believe it, and therefore lead to arguments or more serious, domestic violence, this fake news also highlights how quickly a false information can circulate on social networks, especially when it comes to sexuality, and women. There is still a real lack of information on the functioning of the female cycle. Finally, this post is all the more dangerous as it puts once again the woman at the heart of infidelities in a couple.
The female menstrual cycle is completely independent of sexual activity.


What elements have an impact on the female menstrual cycle?

Although sexual activity has no impact on the female menstrual cycle, stress, certain emotions related to particular events, the taking of certain medications, travel or fatigue can have a real impact on the menstrual cyclesometimes even delaying or stopping it. Indeed, the menstrual cycle is a process that is quite sensitive to the general state of the menstruating person, and in particular to the release of their hormones. As a result, the menstrual cycle varies throughout life, sometimes even from one cycle to the next.
Indeed, each month the menstrual cycle operates in menstruating people. It depends on the fluctuations of female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) and prepares the body for a possible pregnancy. The average length of a cycle is 28 days, but it generally varies between 25 and 35 days depending on the individual. This length can also change slightly from one cycle to the next, or change very significantly depending on certain factors explained above. An imbalance in the cycle can also be manifested by painful periods or a fluctuation in the amount of blood flow, acne, increased fatigue or a very strong PMS, digestive problems, a fluctuating libido...


Can the menstrual cycle have an impact on my libido?


Although sex life has no impact on the menstrual cycle, the opposite can be true, and this is once again due to hormones! Indeed, during the menstrual cycle, the level of estrogen, progesterone, but also testosterone fluctuate.

  • During the period:

Their level is at its lowest, which causes some people to have an increased libido. Moreover, there is also a psychological effect which is to know that sexual intercourse during menstruation benefits from an additional lubrication (nevertheless we remind you that intercourse during menstruation increases the risk of catching an STI, so it is better to have a complete check-up or to protect yourself with a condom!) Also, having intercourse during menstruation, as for masturbation, would allow to reduce menstrual pains, thanks, once again, to the release of the happiness hormone, which would give more desire to some people to practice sex, while on the contrary for others, the pains, the tiredness and/or the sight of blood does not give them desire.

  • During the follicular phase:

Hormone levels begin to rise and you have more energy. This period can be good for your libido.

  • Ovulation

During this period, estrogen and testosterone levels peak just before ovulation and drop just after. So, a few days before ovulation, menstruating women may also have a higher sex drive, and this is when they are most likely to get pregnant.

  • Luteal phase

A few days after ovulation, progesterone levels increase and reach a peak, then drop if no fertilization has taken place. During this phase, knowing that most of the sexual hormones are decreasing, it is possible that your libido is less important, especially if you suffer from PMS. This is especially true if you are suffering from PMS, as this period is particularly stressful, which also has an impact on your libido.


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