How Safe It Is To Have Sex During Periods: Benefits And Side Effects Of Having Sex During Periods

Is It Safe To Have Sex During Periods?

Most of the females of reproductive age bleed every month. During this time of month most of the female avoid having sex but unless you feel squeamish you do not need to avoid sexual activity during menstruation. I agree that having sex during your periods may be a bit messy but it is completely safe. In fact, studies show that having sex during menstruation has few advantages and relieves menstrual cramps.  How Safe It Is To Have Sex During Periods: Benefits And Side Effects Of Having Sex During Periods

What Are The Benefits Of Having Sex During Periods?

#1. Having Sex During Menstruation Release Menstrual Cramps

Reaching organs relieves menstrual pain and discomfort. Menstrual cramps during the periods happen due to the uterine contraction to release the endometrial lining. When you have orgasm, the muscles of the uterus contract and release. The release provides you relief from the cramps. In addition, sex also increases the level of hormone endorphin that makes you feel good. Also, when you are engaged in sexual activity your mind is occupied and it helps you to take your mind off the discomfort and cramps. What Are The Benefits Of Having Sex During Periods?

#2. Natural Lubrication

When you have sex your vagina needs lubrication. Blood act as a natural lubrication and you can put away KY vaginal lubricants.

#3. Having Sex During Periods Shortens The Duration Of Periods

Due to the muscle contraction during orgasm the uterine contents are pushed out of the body fast. Thus, having sex during menstruation shortens your periods.

#4. Increases The Sex Drive

Menstrual cycle plays an important role in changing your sex drive or libido. In many female, there is increase in sex drive during ovulation. In others sex drive increases during menstruation.

#5. Sex During Menstruation May Relieve Headache

Many females suffering from migraine have reported to find relief in headache on having sex during periods. The reason might be release of endorphins while making sex that makes you feel good and relieves pain.

Are There Any Side Effects Of Having sex During Menstruation?

One of the biggest side effects of having sex during periods is that you may find it messy. While having sex the blood can get on your partner and on the bedsheet especially if you are having heavy flow. In some cases, a female may feel self-conscious while having sex during menstruation. Thus, mess over anxiety and self-consciousness may take away some fun out of sex. In addition, there is a little risk of passing sexually transmitted diseases such as hepatitis or HIV. The virus that causes these diseases live in blood and can spread via contact with infected blood. However, the risk of passing sexually transmitted diseases can be reduced largely by using condom every time while having sex.

One more drawback of having sex during period is that if you are wearing a menstrual cap or tampons you will have to remove it before hand or you’ll feel discomfort and the forgotten tampon can be pushed far into your vagina.

Can You Get Pregnant By Having Sex During Periods?

If you are not trying to conceive then using a protection is the best idea to have sex whether you are on your periods or not. Can You Get Pregnant By Having Sex During Periods?

If you are practicing unprotected sex during menstruation the chances of conceiving is very low but not impossible. Pregnancy happens during ovulation. In most of the females, ovulation happens 14 days before the start of the period. The menstrual cycle varies in females also the length of periods can change monthly. If a female has a short menstrual cycle then her chances of getting pregnant even during the periods is there. One more fact is that the sperm can stay alive in the female body for about seven days. So, if you have a shorter menstrual cycle there are chances the sperm is still alive in the reproductive tract during ovulation and fertilization may take place.

Tips To Have Sex During Periods

  1. The very first thing is be honest and open with your partner. Tell him what you feel about having sex during menstruation. Also, ask him to share his thoughts and what he feels about it. If either of you hesitate to have sex during menstruation better have a talk and learn the reasons behind the discomfort. Most of the reasons can be sought by little preparation discussed below.  Tips To Have Sex During Periods
  2. Remove menstrual cup or tampons and always use protection beforehand having sex during periods. 
  3. Keep wet wipes and wet wash clothes ready to be used by your bedside to clean up after having sex. 
  4. It is always better to spread a dark coloured towel over your bedsheet that can be washed lateror may have the sex in bathroom or shower to avoid the mess.

No need to hold your sex life during periods. Surprise yourself and enjoy the fun of having sex during menstruation.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.


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