Period sex is a normal and healthy aspect of many people’s intimate lives. Although the topic is still taboo, many have embraced it to enrich their sexual intimacy. Continue reading to learn about the misconceptions and common questions regarding period sex.

What is Period Sex?

Period sex is when one engages in sexual activity, such as vaginal sex, during one’s menstrual period. During menstruation, some may feel more aroused and want to explore sexual activity during their cycle. Many people who engage in sexual activity during menstruation report it as more pleasurable due to heightened sensitivity. Period sex is not a dirty or disgusting act. Some abstain from period sex for varying reasons, including cramps and personal preferences.

Is Period Sex Safe?

Period sex is completely safe. People can consent to have oral sex if they so choose. Period sex will be messy, and you may notice more bleeding than expected. The heavier bleeding occurs because orgasms increase the rate at which endometrial debris leaves the body. The great news is period sex can make the menstrual period end sooner.

Menstrual blood is not harmful and does not lead to infection. But, because period blood changes the pH of the vagina, there is an increased risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Practice safe sex by using barrier methods (dental dams, condoms) with sexual partners during oral, vaginal, and anal sex to reduce infection risk.

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Can You Get Pregnant During Period Sex?

Though you are less likely to get pregnant during menstruation, there is still a small chance that it can occur. Because sperm lives in the reproductive tract for days, there is always a possibility that conception is possible for those with a shorter menstrual period. If a person has short menstruation, the window of fertility may overlap with her period.

If you are not trying to get pregnant, you should always practice safe sex and use condoms. Menstruation will not keep you safe from sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy. Consult your doctor about the best contraceptive method for your needs.

Can Sex Make Your Period Come Early or Late?

Some scientific studies suggest that sex does not exactly alter the timing of the menstrual cycle but that arousal causes a hormonal surge. Arousal, even without an orgasm, can cause a surge in hormones that temporarily delay menstruation. A late period can also be due to 

  • pregnancy
  • stress
  • menopause

Period can also make your period come early, and here are three reasons.

  • The uterine contraction can speed up the menstruation process.
  • The release of endorphins (feel-good hormones) during sex can fluctuate the hormones needed to start a period.
  • The increase in blood flow to the genital during arousal can cause the period to start.

Does It Alleviate Menstrual Cramps?

Some women report that sexual activity helps alleviate their menstrual cramps. Studies suggest that muscle contractions and the release of feel-good hormones (endorphins) during orgasms can provide relief from menstrual discomfort. 

Tips for Having Sex on Your Period 

  • Consider having sex in the shower or laying down on towels to manage clean up.
  • Be clear on comfort levels, preferences, and boundaries to foster a better sexual experience.
  • Have sex during lighter periods days for more comfort and less mess.
March 27, 2024

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.