Period sex is one of those taboo subjects that no one wants to talk about, but deep down, everyone wants to know the details – so what’s the real deal? Does sex actually feel better when you’re on your period? Does it hurt? I’ve spoken to a variety of people who love period sex and researched the darkest corners of the internet to bring you all the facts about this bloody taboo…
Period sex can ease PMS symptoms
According to science, the endorphins released by orgasms can relieve common PMS symptoms such as stress (obvs) and headaches, but they can also relieve menstrual cramps for some people – based on the strength and intensity of the orgasm. Did you know that vaginal orgasms also have more healing properties than clitoral stimulation?
Does sex feel better on your period?
Just because no one really talks about it, it doesn’t mean that no one is doing it! Research has shown that 30% of sexually active people have sex during their period – and loads of women even notice they feel more turned on around this time of the month. Many women also claim to feel more sensitive on their period, leading to an increase in pleasure and sensations when stimulated. So, you could argue that yes, for some people sex feels better whilst on your period.
Does having sex on your period make you bleed more?
Kinda, yes. Having sex on your period is always going to be a bit of a messy affair (make sure you put some towels down first), but you may notice more blood than expected, even if your period is fairly light. This is because orgasm increases the rate at which your period leaves your body, which in turn can decrease the length of your period. Now obviously there’s no guarantee, but some suggest it really works. But essentially, yes, you should expect to bleed a little more during period sex.
You can still get pregnant
People with regular 28-day cycles are less likely to ovulate around their period (and therefore less likely to get pregnant), but you’re not made invincible by a bit of blood. There are many reported cases of ovulation happening close to your period and, because sperm can live up to seven days inside you, it is actually still possible to get pregnant whilst on your period.
The clean up doesn’t have to be stressful
You might enjoy having sex on your period, but chances are, your bed sheets won’t. Putting down dark coloured towels can be a lifesaver but if you do get stains, soak them in cold salt water before washing ASAP, then spray on a stain remover and wash as usual. Hey presto – any visual reminders should wash right out.
Do guys like period sex?
This one very much requires a conversation with whoever you are sleeping with. But, if you’re looking for some guidance, Bodyform conducted a survey which showed that out of the men surveyed who avoid period sex, over half find it a turn off. One in five men also worry they will hurt their partner.
Is period sex painful?
For the majority of women, period sex shouldn’t feel any more or less painful than normal sex. While period sex is completely safe for both parties involved, it may feel a bit uncomfortable for some women as the cervix is in a lower position.
Have you tried period sex, or do you want to? Maybe you learnt something new from this post? Let me know in the comments!