Sex on your period… yes please or no way? A huge taboo for some people while a massive turn on for others.
No matter which end of the crimson wave you’re surfing, there is no denying the numerous myths, falsities, and what if’s surrounding the topic that often make it increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction.
Unless you’re especially squeamish, having sex on your period is not something that needs to be avoided. Yes it can be a bit messy but it is safe.
It is good to note that the same general risks associated with sex are still there during period sex. Meaning you can still get pregnant and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and yeast / bacterial infections are also still possible.
There are however many benefits to period sex. These include reduced menstrual cramps, increased natural lubrication, increased sex drive, relieved headaches and maybe the best benefit of them all, reduced period length. That’s right, having an orgasm on your period will cause muscle contractions that can actually push out the contents of the uterine faster. This means that while you’re likely to experience a heavier flow if you have sex during menstruation, you’ll also be likely to get through the period faster.
All that being said, if you’re intrigued and up for giving it a go, here are Love Not War’s top tips on how to make period sex as comfortable and as less messy an experience as possible.
Communication is key
As with trying anything new in the bedroom, make sure you’re open and honest with your partner. Communication is key so make sure to tell them how you feel about having sex during your period, and ask how they feel about it. If either of you is hesitant, talk about the reasons behind the discomfort.
Make sure to remove your tampon or menstrual cup before you get down to business. No one wants a trip to the emergency room to retrieve an unreachable sanitary product.
Minimise the mess
It’s also an idea to spread out a dark-colored towel on the bed beneath you to catch any blood leaks and help save the bedsheets. Or another option is to just have sex in either the shower or the bath which could potentially avoid any mess entirely.
Keep your nightstand stocked and ready with either a wet washcloth or some wet wipes to help clean up afterwards.
Make sure you’re comfortable
When on your period you can experience some differences in how you’re feeling and what you like, both physically and emotionally. It’s good to remember that and if your usual sexual position is proving uncomfortable, try something different. For example, you may want to try lying on your side with your partner behind you.
No partner necessary
For any individuals who have an increased libido during their period and want an orgasm but without a sexual partner, sex toys are the ideal option. There are various sex toys to choose from including our Koi, Meile and Laska vibrators, all of which are great for external and direct clitoris stimulation.
The bottom line is don’t let your period put a halt to your sex life. If you do a little prep work, you might just find that sex can be just as enjoyable during those five or so days as it can be the rest of the month. It does still carry the same risks as sex at any other time however, it also poses many benefits. The call is totally yours — listen to your body, and do what feels right for you!