Is It Okay To Masturbate When You’re On Your Period?

Hi Heather,

I have sort of a weird question that I’m scared to ask anyone else. Is it okay to masturbate when you’re on your period? Am I gross if I do it? And since there’s all that blood down there, is it unhealthy? Plus, how do you even do it?

Good news: it’s totally, totally fine to masturbate while you’re on your period. If you’re comfortable with it, it’s not gross and as long as you’re clean about things, it’s not unhealthy.

In fact, masturbating during your period is probably a big benefit to you. When you have your period, all of these crazy hormonal things are happening to your body and these hormones can make you even more in the mood, if you catch my drift. So, you probably feel extra, um, cravings to masturbate during this time anyway. Masturbation can also help relieve painful cramps from your period. And if you have mood swings, pleasuring yourself has been proven to make you feel happy and to help get rid of stress (read more about what masturbation does here). I see nothing but good things here!

I mean, yes, a masturbation session during your period may end up being more messy than masturbating when you’re not on your period. There’s blood down there so that makes sense, right? I would suggest laying down a few old towels before you get busy and, of course, washing your hands when you’re done. If you don’t feel like cleaning anything up, you can also try sitting on the toilet so things are more manageable.

As for how to do it, try stimulating your clitoris rather than doing anything vaginally. If you masturbate by stimulating your clitoris, you can keep a tampon in, which will help with the mess. If you don’t want to stick your fingers in there, you can try using sex toys, but make sure you don’t already have a tampon in your vagina – in fact, if you plan on putting anything inside of your vagina, make sure there is no tampon in there at all.

So, yes, masturbating while on your period is perfectly fine and totally normal. Don’t let anyone make you feel weird about doing it (you don’t even have to tell anyone!). This is your body and there’s nothing wrong with exploring it, even if things get a little messy. After all, this is just your blood we’re talking about here. No big deal!

take care,

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  • Alexandrea

    Wait, so what does it mean when you masturbate while on your period and more blood comes out? Is that bad? And is it normal for your period to go longer after doing this?

  • tey

    Is it going to make me bleed more?

    • Jessica

      I personally find that it makes my period lighter and shortens it by alot. Say, I didn’t masturbate, I would have a heavy flow for a week, but if I did masturbate, I would have a light flow for about 3-4 days. Now, this may not be the case for you, but it wouldn’t hurt to try.

  • Baby

    Hi Dear,

    Is it okey to masturbate using coconut oil as lube?
    If yes……is it okey to use coconut oil during periods as lube to masturbate?
    Does excess coconut oil cause any health prob….???

    Please clear my doubts..

  • Megan

    it does feel good to masterbate when you have a period. it could relax you.

  • Lily

    I’ve been on my period for 18 days now because I started using a new form of birth control. The Nexplanon implant. Will masturbating help stop my period in this case?? I hate my period. I need it to end like, now!

  • Scared

    I’m still a little scared… I dont want to make it much of a mess

  • Leigh

    I am actually on my period and masterbating is helping relieve the pains believe it or no

  • Cammie

    You are so helpful! Thank you so much!!!!!

  • Charliepie

    The best way if possible is if you have a vibrating massage thing, you can hold it over your clit while wearing underpants or even pants and it will make for the cleanest orgasm ever.

  • anon

    The thing about relieving period cramps is so true!! I have really bad cramps the first couple of days, and orgasming sort of relaxes everything down there.

  • Gina

    I am 18 and I masturbate every day during my period. It relaxes me and my BF loves to watch and then he masturbates (with my help – hand and mouth) and the experience is fantastic!! I love to watch him masturbate and I love to help! Magnificent!

  • It’s O.K.

    I only do on the first day, but I always ache in a really weird way afterwards so I don’t do anything for the other days.

  • leunia

    i actually bleed more when i do that so i dont do it

    • Jaylyn

      Which is a good thing the spurts of blood shortens your period

  • Lovely

    Masturbation actually feels better when I’m on my period.

  • pinkheart

    I do it on my period. Its not something I do every time but it is more than I probably want to admit. I still have great orgasms from doing it, but there are times when I just dont want to do it or even think about it during certain times on my period.

    • Gina

      I always masturbate during my period and I don’t mind admitting it! It is fun! I have wonderful orgasms and my BF likes to watch. He even enjoys having intercourse with me during my period! We don’t faint at the sight of blood!