Is it possible to have sex during your period?

You have your period and you wonder if you can have sex during this period? Don't worry, here are some explanations and advice on the situation!

Is it possible to have sex during your period?

Most women and men are not necessarily comfortable during this period. Concerns are mainly based on the taboo of menstruation. Are these fears justified?

Are there any medical risks or contraindications?

Menstruation does not change the physiology of the vagina, making it incompatible with sexual penetration: it is always the same size! From a technical point of view, blood loss does not prevent you from having sex during your period.

On the other hand, more general symptoms linked to menstruation, such as migraines, pelvic pain and menstrual cramps, can spoil the pleasure, but there is no medical contraindication that prohibits sexual intercourse, with the exception of sexually transmitted infections, because blood can encourage the proliferation of bacteria. You should therefore protect yourself if you don't know whether you or your partner has an STI.

What are the benefits of having sex during my period?

Having sex during your period can have several benefits:

  • Some women have an increased libido during their period: pleasure is increased tenfold
  • Menstrual blood acts as a natural lubricant, and irritations are less frequent
  • Making love releases the happiness hormone,endorphin, which provides a feeling of well-being, beneficial during painful periods or migraines
  • Orgasm also helps to reduce menstrual pain
  • Orgasmic uterine contractions will also make the blood in the uterus flow faster, linked to the degradation of the endometrium during each cycle: the periods will therefore be shorter!

What are the advantages of doing sports with my period?

To ensure that everything goes smoothly, there are a few tips to follow! Let's discover them together.

Be on contraception during sex

Even though menstruation is the least fertile period of the cycle, it is not uncommon to become pregnant if you have ovulation problems or irregular periods, and the spermatozoa have a long lifespan in the body. It is therefore essential to protect yourself with male or female contraception to avoid the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.

Use a condom to limit irritation

Although blood acts as a natural lubricant, it is important to avoid scratching the vaginal wall because bleeding can promote the transmission of an infection. The cervix is in fact slightly open to let the blood of menstruation pass through, resulting from the degradation of the uterine mucosa: the uterus is therefore much more prone to STIs as it is no longer protected by the endometrium and cervical mucus.

Our advice for stress-free sex with your period

To make the most of sex during your period, here are some tips:

  • Let go: if you are comfortable with your body and your partner too, it's not a problem! Psychological blockage can prevent you from letting go and enjoying the moment.
  • Anticipate: use a dark towel to put on the bed, the floor or the sofa to avoid stains! You can also opt for sex in the shower. Even though bodily fluids are perfectly normal, no one wants to spend time afterwards untying sheets.
  • Remove your internal sanitary protection: if you have a cup or tampon, it is imperative to remove it before sexual penetration: it could be pushed higher up towards the cervix making it uncomfortable and difficult to remove afterwards.
  • Choose your positions: if you are not very comfortable with the idea of spilling your menstrual flow on the sheets and your partner, don't hesitate to prefer lying down or with your pelvis flat. However, nothing prevents the most daring partners from practicing cunilingus and all the positions you like! As long as there is no vaginal penetration, nothing prevents you from keeping your menstrual cup on during foreplay or anal sex.
  • Rinse yourself afterwards: adequate intimate hygiene is essential, especially during your period, as blood is more prolific for the development of bacteria.

Why do I want to have sex during my period?

Most of the time, the sight of blood, menstrual pain, migraine and nausea put sexual desire on the back burner during menstruation, for both men and women. There may also be cultural barriers, or simply an embarrassment, discomfort or a feeling of disgust that does not make you want to do it. In this case, listen to yourself!

However, some women have on the contrary a tenfold libido, due to hormonal changes at this period of the cycle, and can therefore feel particularly excited during this period. It is therefore important to respect your partner's choice and to make this period a pleasant moment for both of you while respecting each other's choices!

The FAQ for making love during menstruation

How to make love during your period?

To make love during your period, nothing could be simpler: do as usual<:strong>! However, you can take the opportunity to do it in the shower, or otherwise place a dark towel on your bed so as not to stain your sheets.

What is the risk of having sex during my period?

There is no contraindication to having sex during your period, except in the case ofsexually transmitted infections, which find a more fertile ground for the development of bacteria in the blood. It is advisable to protect yourself!

Should you remove your tampon during sex?

Absolutely! This could be on the one hand unpleasant for you or your partner during vaginal penetration, in addition to pushing it further towards the cervix: you might have trouble finding the string to remove it and end up in the emergency room!

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