Is Having Sex During Your Period Safe?
That time of the month comes with a lot of headaches—literally. Not only do you have to deal with bloating, cramps, and mood swings, but your sex life likely hits the brakes as you try to deal with all that blood.
But there’s really no need to rule out a good romp altogether. While there’s some lingering stigma surrounding period sex (Doesn’t it hurt? What about the mess? What if I smell?), there really shouldn’t be. In fact, you might find that you enjoy sex more while you’re on your period.
“It’s totally fine from a health point of view, and it really has to do with personal preference and being comfortable with it,” says Lauren Streicher, MD, associate clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University.
Still, there are a few risks to keep in mind before you get busy. Here’s everything you need to keep in mind when it comes to period sex and your health—and exactly how to prep for it if you decide to give it a go.
It will make you feel good in all the right ways
When you’re menstruating, you are generally a little more turned on than usual due to a spike in estrogen and testosterone, says Jill Hechtman, ob-gyn and medical director of Tampa Obstetrics.
And weirdly enough, the flow does some extra good: “The blood makes for extra lubrication which can improve the way things feel,” she explains, meaning your orgasm might feel more satisfying that usual.
And when you take your O to new heights, you might also experience some pain relief when it comes to cramping. While research hasn’t completely confirmed this connection, some women swear it helps. Sex isn’t a guaranteed cure for those painful aches, but it can certainly be an enjoyable supplement to downing a couple of pain killers.