As “Period Sex Preferences” clearly points out, there’s a wide range of feelings about having sex during menstruation. For some, it’s out of the question. For others, it’s a must. And still many others fall somewhere in between, finding it to be enjoyable (for themselves and/or for their partners) only under certain circumstances. In order to formulate your own opinions about sex on the rag, it may be useful to consider the potential benefits and risks of this sexual behavior. So, let’s map it out!
Benefits: Besides the typical perks of sex, period sex can have many unique benefits for a woman. For instance, many women report that sexual activity helps to alleviate headaches, cramps, and fatigue associated with menstruation. This may be due to the ‘feel-good’ endorphins, which are released during orgasm. Research also shows that orgasms can reduce the length of menstruation up to a couple of days. Though this may sound too good to be true, biology has an explanation: during an orgasm, a hormone called oxytocin signals a series of contractions by the uterus, which might actually lead to a shorter period!
Risks: Besides ruining the bed sheets, sex on your period isn’t a particularly dangerous activity. With that being said, there are still a few ‘standard’ risks which need to be kept in mind. If you’re concerned about transmitting STDs or HIV, make sure to use some sort of barrier method. Also, never rely on menstruation as a form of birth control! This myth needs to be put to rest, once and for all.
So, what do you do if sex or foreplay during menstruation appeals to you but not your partner? First of all, never pressure your partner into doing something that he or she isn’t comfortable with! If your partner only feels uneasy about the idea of ‘excessive’ blood, try discussing how period sex can be made a bit less messy. For instance, try taking a shower immediately before sexual play. Also, if you’re not planning on intercourse, prevent blood flow by using a tampon or menstrual cap. Both options will not interfere with clitoral stimulation. Though many people report that these methods do not completely remove the iron-taste of menstrual blood (as Tobly describes), they do reduce the amount of fluids being dealt with. If your partner still isn’t interested, don’t fret! Masturbation can bring you all of the same benefits as well as help you become more comfortable with menstruation during sex. So, all of this talk basically boils down to two main objectives: communication and experimentation. They’re sure-fire ways to attaining sexual pleasure in a way that’s comfortable for both you and your partner.
And sex really doesn’t get much better than that… Period. ☺
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