You might also like these other newsletters: Please enter a valid email address Sign up Oops! Please enter a valid email address Oops! Please select a newsletter We respect your privacy. If you're having your period, you may be assuming that sex is off-limits. Maybe you don't feel comfortable being intimate during your period, or you often feel unattractive or just unclean. Maybe your partner isn't comfortable with intimacy while you're menstruating.
In the end, choosing to have sex during "that time of month" is a personal choice that both you and your partner have to be comfortable with. If you want to, however, there's no reason you can't enjoy intimacy at all times of your menstrual cycle.
In fact, it may bring real health benefits. Having sex during your period may help provide pain relief for menstrual cramps by providing feel-good endorphins that are released during orgasm.
Sex during your period could also help to shorten your period by a few days: You will still have a normal, healthy period, but the additional contractions that your uterus experiences during orgasm might help shed your menstrual blood faster, therefore ending your period a bit sooner than usual.
Get Comfortable With the Idea You and your partner should clearly discuss your concerns about having menstruation sex because you both need to be comfortable and able to enjoy yourselves. So talk to your partner about concerns that each of you have — including ways to stay safe and to contain any mess — and about the potential pleasure and benefits that you can both enjoy.
Keeping Menstruation Sex Less Messy There are plenty of ways to avoid making a mess if you have sex during your period. It is a little 'messy,' but most couples who enjoy sex during menstruation are prepared with a towel on the bed" under the pelvic area, says Flood-Shaffer. Try sex with the woman lying on her back to reduce bleeding. And use a type of depression that can also help to contain menstrual blood: A cervical cap or diaphragm can help protect you from pregnancy as well as lessening menstrual bleeding during sex by covering the cervix, the opening of the uterus through which the period blood flows.
Menstruation Sex Should Still Be Safe Just because you are having sex during your period doesn't mean that it's safe to have unprotected sex.
This may not apply to monogamous couples who have been together for a long time in a committed relationship. Generally speaking, this is a very safe time to have intercourse if you're trying to avoid pregnancy. And with a few alterations to your normal routine, you can enjoy a whole new sexual experience.