December 01, 2020

Did you know that sex during your period reduces your period days? While sex during period may sound gross, it actually has its own advantages.  However, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to having sex during your period. Here’s what you should know.

Benefits of having sex during your periods

Low chances of pregnancy

To some extent, sex during your period will protect you from getting unwanted pregnancies. Theprobability of getting pregnant is virtually zero.

No lube required

The vagina is usually wet and moist during your period. This will act as a natural lube making sex even more enjoyable and allowing you to go at it for longer than usual without worrying about dryness.

Sex without condoms

Since chances of getting pregnant are minimal, you can enjoy sex without a condom. And it’s no lie that it’s way better. This works well for both parties involved. However, remember there are risks of contracting STIs.

Cuts short period days

When having an orgasm, the uterus contracts more, pushing blood out of your body. This cuts short your days and also removes compounds that cause cramping.

Saves you from cramps

During an orgasm, your uterus contracts and relaxes. This action relieves you from muscle tension. The endorphin hormone released during sex is a feel good hormone that eases the cramps. Sex itself also distracts you from your cramps.

Increased libido

Most women have an increased sex drive during their period due to hormone fluctuation. This however, differs with every woman. Some have increased libido during ovulation.

Effects of having sex during your periods

  • Sex during your periods does not necessarily mean that you won’t get pregnant. A sperm stays alive for 72 hours in the vagina. Therefore, if you have sex during the last days of your period, you can end up pregnant. It’s also possible to bleed during ovulation. If you have sex during this time, you might end up pregnant. However, chances of getting pregnant are still quite low.
  • Contracting STIs. If you avoid condoms when having sex during your period, you may put your partner or even yourself at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV or hepatitis. Therefore, you should use a condom while having sex. 
  • It can be messy. Not everybody is willing to deal with bloody sheets. Some people also find menstrual blood gross and may not like the idea. Also, most women feel less sexy during  their periods. This may make them unwilling to have sex at this time. Anxiety over having sex during your periods may also take the fun out of it.
  • Limited sex positions. While on your periods, you may not have the freedom to practice some positions  like being on top or oral sex. 

Before having sex on your period, make sure you understand these pros and cons to decide wisely what's best for you.