Sex in periods
Menstruation or periods is a natural process in all healthy women. But the concept of menstruation is surrounded by many taboos. There are some common taboos attached to menstruation, which are totally irrational. These social stigmas have their roots in ignorance.
Women usually feel isolated and helpless during their periods. There is a long list of issues and taboos associated with having periods; you will often hear girls talk about post-period blues. Even the word period itself is very offensive, and guess what? You can’t even call them periods, they should be referred to as the menstruation cycle.
Why is period blood considered impure?
We all know that periods are supposed to be a natural phenomenon, and there’s no need to be ashamed of them. But sadly, many still consider period blood impure and talk about it in a hushed tone!
Why? Because period blood is often seen as a symbol of procreation, or as something that could lead to pregnancy. Therefore, it’s only “natural” to believe that it’s impure.
We all know that periods are a natural process, but on the other hand, it's a topic that is still considered taboo in India. Periods are considered a sign of impurity, but how can we change people's mindset?
There is only one way to get rid of these misconceptions and taboos around periods, that is by educating people and making them understand how pure it is to shed blood during periods for a woman.
A sensitive question, but can a woman really have sex during her periods?
There is no harm in having sex during periods, so there is no reason why you should not have your share of fun. However, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind when you are having sex during periods.
What is the time frame for sex during periods?
Having sex on the first day of your period could be a turn off due to excess blood flow and mood swings. Also, if you have a history of haemorrhaging or are undergoing vaginal surgery, avoid having sex during your periods.
Other than these factors, there is no need to worry about anything else. Nothing should stop you from having sex even if you are on your periods but some rules and tips need to be followed if you wish to have safe and pleasurable sexual intercourse.
What are the benefits of having sex during periods?
There are a lot of advantages of having sex during periods:
Period sex can provide relief from menstrual cramps
Sex leads to orgasm and orgasm is a great way to get relief from menstrual cramps. Menstrual cramps occur when the uterus contracts to release its thin lining. So when a woman achieves orgasm, the uterus muscles contract and then release, this could bring some relief from cramps. Sex also triggers the release of happy hormones, called endorphins.
Having sex during periods can result in shorter periods
Period sex can make your periods shorter because when the uterus walls contract during orgasm, the uterine contents are flushed out. This results in shorter periods.
Having sex during periods can increase libido
Due to hormonal fluctuations, sex drive keeps changing throughout the menstrual cycle. For most women, libido increases during the ovulation period (which arrives 14-15 days before the period starts), while other women feel more excited during their period itself.
Periods act as a natural lubricant
A good lubricant can provide adequate lubrication to make the act easier to perform. During periods, blood can act as a natural lubricant. So you don’t have to use any commercial products.
Period sex can relieve headache
A study has found that about half of women with headache issues during periods got relief after having sex. So if you are tired of period migraines, the best you can do is to have sex!
Can you get pregnant by having sex during periods?
While it is very unlikely to get pregnant during periods, there is a possibility. So, it is highly recommended to use protection during sex even when you are on your periods.
Women are most likely to get pregnant during the ovulation phase, which occurs 14 days before the onset of the period. But every woman’s cycle is different and so, if a woman’s menstrual cycle is shorter then the risk of getting pregnant during the period would be considerably high.
Things to keep in mind while having sex during periods
Avoid using a tampon during sex.
Ask your partner to wear a latex condom to safeguard against unwanted pregnancy and STIs.
Try out different sex positions to find which one is actually suitable for you and your partner.
Spread a dark-coloured cloth or towel on the bed to prevent your bed sheet and also, catch blood leaks, if any.
Keep a towel or cloth near the bed to clean up afterwards.
Take shower and look after your personal hygiene after having sex.
- Last but not the least, be honest and open with your partner by telling them what would make you comfortable.
To have or not to have sex during periods is a personal choice but one should always be sportive to try out different sexual activities for fun. Sometimes, due to mood swings, depression, stress, fear of losing virginity, etc reduces the urge to have sex during periods. So, talk with your partner if you are worried about anything.