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Are there any issues or health risks with having sex during your period?
You may be surprised to learn that a fair number of women have sex during their menstrual period. While cultural and religious taboos exist that discourage women from mixing sexual intimacy while menstruating, not only can it be safe, but there are several potential benefits! There are, of course, some risks you should consider.
First, let’s address those risks and other considerations that boil down to P-R-O-T-E-C-T-I- O-N. Protect your sheets and throw down some towels or just move your sexcapades to the shower. More importantly, protect yourself and your partner from STIs and pregnancy (yep, still a risk when you’re on your period) by using a condom. Your cervix is slightly open, there’s lots inflammation happening and your flow is mostly blood. All of this make for a veritable playground for viruses and bacteria. And I want you safe!
Now, let’s explore the benefits which range from physiologic to sheer pleasure!
For starters, where there is good sex, especially with orgasm, there are oxytocin and endorphins. Both hormones work to reduce those pesky PMS symptoms. (Think headaches and cramps. Total win for you!) and elevate your mood (Think PMS irritability. Score for both your and your partner!)
The natural engorgement that comes along with your period can actually enhance your pleasure and satisfy that feeling of fullness that many women experience. Basically, your body is naturally half way to an orgasm! So orgasming may be easier, faster or better for you when you’re on your period.
Remember, too, that if intercourse isn’t floating your boat during your “high tide,” masturbation can work just as well. You’ll get all of the benefits!
In short, you can “close for business” each month, which is totally cool if that’s what makes you comfortable, or you can choose to embrace your “monthly visitor” and have some fun with it! As long as you’re using protection, sex on your period is completely fine.
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