6 Important Facts About Period Sex
These Period Sex Tips Will Make Your Next Romp the Best One Yet
Whether you've read about it online or had chats with your girlfriends, by now you've heard that period sex can be pretty amazing. Plus, lots of men are finally admitting , so it's unlikely you'll face much resistance from them if you want to give it a whirl. For those who are curious, here's everything you need to know about having sex on your period so that you (and okay, your partner too) can have a mind-blowing experience.
You may feel hornier during your period.
If you feel so aroused during your period that the thought of waiting six days for sex is about as awful as a day in a torture chamber, you're not alone. It's also not just your imagination. Some women experience higher levels of arousal during menstruation, while others can't even think about doing the deed until after their periods are over. Neither approach to period sex is wrong or shameful — our bodies are simply different.
“Hormonal fluctuations can increase arousal, decrease it, and for many women, not do a thing,” says Laura Deitsch, resident sexologist forVibrant, an online platform for adult products whose proceeds help fund Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. “Body chemistry is so individual that there is little way to predict the effect."
That said, if you are someone who's more interested in sex either right before or during your period, you can thank testosterone. Women have a lower amount of the hormone than men, but it influences your sexual desire all the same, says Elle Chase, a certified sex educator, author, and speaker. Since testosterone tends to spike during ovulation, it's common for many women to feel randier than usual. And there's nothing you need to do about that except embrace it.
There are benefits to period sex.
The main one to focus on: better orgasms. Penetration, as well as foreplay and oral sex, during your period provides physiological and psychological benefits that can be especially beneficial during your period.
“Increased lubrication, increased sensation, freedom, and sense of power can be some of the benefits a woman experiences,” Deitsch says. “The muscle contractions during an orgasm can [also] help alleviate menstrual cramps because the uterus is being massaged from within.”
Plus, it may feel as if your period is flowing even faster during sex, especially if you experience a strong orgasm. Muscle contractions can effectively "squeeze" out more tissue from your uterus, Deitsch says, and some women say they feel like the length of their periods are shorter when they have sex. Unfortunately, there's no medical evidence to back up that claim, but tracking your period could make you more aware of patterns.
There are a few downsides too.
Drawbacks? To sex? Say it isn't so. If you plan on having sex during your period, one of the obvious cons is that you'll probably have to do a load of laundry after it's all over. But there's another, more serious consideration to keep in mind: your period could expose you and your partner to sexually transmitted infections.
“There is an increased risk of STI transmission due to exposure to blood if the woman has any infections," Deitsch says. "[And because] the cervix is more open during menstruation, there is an increased risk of STI transmission to the woman from an infected partner."
Remember: the only form of birth control that protects against STD's are male or female condoms. So if you're unsure of you or your partner's status, wrap it up.
Pregnancy is possible.
A lot of people prefer period sex precisely because the chances of becoming pregnantare much lower than they are during ovulation. But itisstill possible to get pregnant during menstruation, especially if you have erratic periods or a shorter cycle than the average 28 to 30 days, Chase says.
"If that’s the case, and since sperm can live in the uterus and vaginal canal for up to five days (some studies say up to seven), it might be possible to conceive if you had sex toward the tail end of your period and then ovulate a few days after you stopped," Chase says. "This is one of the reasons it’s a good idea to track your cycles so you know when you’re ovulating.”
It's also a really good idea to continue using a condom or other form of birth control, even during your period.
There are ways to make period sex even better.
Laying down a few red towels is always a smart idea, simply because it makes cleanup easier and you won't be focused on which stain stick you should use when you're trying to have an orgasm. But there are a number of other creative ways to help you set the stage for truly great period sex.
“If you don’t want to worry about getting blood on sheets or towels, shower sex is a great bet,” Chase says. “Not only is cleanup a breeze, but the vagina is more lubricated during your period [and that] can make penetrative sex more enjoyable."
And remember, penetrative sex isn't your only option. "There’s fun with toys, digital sex, even oral sex is great," Chase says. "If you or your partner are a little squeamish about oral during your [period], use a dam (a thin piece of latex meant to cover the vulva), plastic wrap, or even a condom cut in half lengthwise to cover the vulva and go to town.”
Of course, the best sex — period or no period — relies on keeping an open line of communication between you and your partner. You may be totally into the idea of having sex during your period, but make sure your partner is fully onboard too.
Otherwise, speak up about what feels good and what doesn't. "Positions that allow for varying penetration, depending on cramps, bloating, and arousal, are super individual," Deitsch says. "No one position is going to be better for any person due to menstruation.
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