How do you feel about period sex? Do you feel hornier than usual, or do you just want to curl up and be left alone? Are you okay with having sex, but your partner feels intimidated? Or are you the one feeling weird about having sex when you're bleeding while your partner doesn't mind a bit of blood?
Period sex is a topic that many people are curious about but may feel uncomfortable discussing. However, there's nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to period sex – it's a natural and healthy part of many people's lives. In this blog post, we'll review what you need to know about period sex, including some common facts and myths.
Fact: Period sex is a normal and healthy part of many people's lives.
There is no scientific evidence that sex on your period is harmful. You don't need to give up on sex because of a bit of blood if you and your partner are both up for it. Some people even find that having intercourse while menstruating brings several benefits and is more pleasurable than it is at other times:
- Cramp relief
- Extra lubrication
- Stress and headache relief
- Shorter period. When you orgasm, your uterus contracts, which can speed up the shedding of your uterine lining.
- Better sex. You are more sensitive, and most women report higher libido due to hormonal changes, which can make for more enjoyable sex during this period.
- More intimacy. Having sex on your period can help you feel vulnerable, which is a key component in feeling intimate with someone.
Fact: It's safe to have sex during your period
One of the most common myths about period sex is that it's unsafe or unsanitary. In reality, having sex during your period is perfectly safe as long as you and your partner are comfortable with it. The vagina is self-cleaning, and menstrual blood is not harmful to your health or your partner's health.
However, there are some important things to keep in mind to minimize the risk of infection. It's a good idea to use a condom to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), even if you're using another form of birth control. You may also want to use a menstrual cup or soft tampon to contain the flow and prevent mess. Also, if you are prone to yeast infections, the following fact is for you to consider.
Fact: Higher risk of yeast infections due to hormonal changes and blood Ph.
While yeast infections can also occur without engaging in sexual activity, whether during menstruation or not, there is a higher risk of getting a yeast infection due to hormonal changes during a period. Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle can create an environment more conducive to yeast growth. Estrogen levels rise before ovulation, which can increase the glycogen content in the vaginal walls. Yeast feeds on glycogen, so an increase in glycogen can make it easier for yeast to grow and cause an infection.
Also, menstrual blood is slightly more alkaline than the natural acidity of the vagina, which can create an environment that is more hospitable to yeast growth. So if you notice that your yeast infection returns after your period, you might want to be also careful around period sex.
Fact: Period sex can be pleasurable.
Many people find that having sex during their period can be more pleasurable than at other times. The increased blood flow to the pelvic area can heighten sensitivity and make orgasms more intense. Additionally, some people find that the natural lubrication that occurs during menstruation can make sex more comfortable and enjoyable.
However, it's important to remember that everyone's experience is different. If you or your partner are uncomfortable with period sex, it's okay to wait until your period is over.
Fact: There is no clear consensus on whether period sex is bad for endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, often causing pain and discomfort during menstruation. Most traditional medicine systems strongly advise against period sex, especially for women diagnosed with endometriosis. For example, Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that period sex reverses the flow of qi and blood from down and out to up and in and tends to cause the formation of blood stasis in the pelvic area.
While pain during sex is one of the main symptoms of endometriosis, some women who have endometriosis find that having sex during their period can help relieve some of the pain and discomfort associated with the condition. Others may find that period sex exacerbates their symptoms.
It's important to note that every person's experience with endometriosis is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. If you have pain during sex, always talk to your healthcare provider to get a proper diagnosis.
Myth: Period sex can't lead to pregnancy
Another common myth about period sex is that you can't get pregnant if you have sex during your period. While it's true that the chances of getting pregnant during your period are lower than at other times of the month, it is still possible. Sperm can live inside the body for up to five days, so if you have sex towards the end of your period and ovulate soon afterward, it's possible to conceive.
If you want to avoid pregnancy, it's important to use a reliable form of birth control every time you have sex, even during your period.
Myth: Period sex is dirty or gross
Perhaps the most pervasive myth about period sex is that it's dirty or gross. This couldn't be further from the truth – menstruation is a natural and healthy bodily function that should not be stigmatized or shamed. If you're comfortable with it, period sex can be a beautiful and intimate way to connect with your partner and embrace your body.
What are the best positions for period sex?
There is no one "right" position for period sex, as everyone's preferences and comfort levels are different. However, some positions may be more comfortable or practical during menstruation than others. Here are a few positions that work for period sex:
- Missionary with a towel: This classic position can work well during menstruation as long as you place a towel underneath your hips to protect your sheets and bedding. This position allows for intimacy and face-to-face contact, while the towel can help to prevent any mess.
- Spooning: Spooning can be a comfortable and low-maintenance position during menstruation. Simply lie on your side with your partner behind you, and adjust your legs as needed for comfort. This position can be especially comfortable if you're experiencing cramps or discomfort.
- Cowgirl: If you're comfortable being on top, the cowgirl position can be a good option during menstruation. This position allows you to control the depth and speed of penetration, which can be helpful if you're feeling sensitive or uncomfortable.
- Doggy style: Doggy style can be a good option during menstruation because it allows for shallow penetration, which can help to minimize discomfort. Additionally, this position can help to reduce mess, as the blood will likely flow downwards rather than onto your partner.
It's important to remember that everyone's experience with period sex differs, and what works for one person may not work for another. You might find that what worked for you last time doesn't work for you now. If you're uncomfortable with any position or experiencing pain or discomfort, it's okay to switch things up or stop altogether. As always, communicating before and during with your partner is key to having a pleasurable experience for both of you.
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