Sex with the period is a subject that generates different opinions. For many couples it is a taboo to have sex during menstruation, while others admit that they do not find any problem in having sex during these days as long as they both feel like it.

In addition to divided opinions, there are many questions and myths on the subject. For example: is it recommended? Or can I get pregnant if I have sex on my period?

In this article we explain 5 things you should know about sex with your period so that you can clarify the most frequent questions that usually arise around this practice.

1) The desire to have sex with your period depends to a large extent on your hormones

During a woman’s menstrual period, hormone levels are very high. Every woman’s body and physiology is very different and therefore every girl reacts differently to these fluctuating hormone levels.

During menstruation, some women feel great physical discomfort, mood swings, inflammation and abdominal pain, etc. In these cases, and of course, sex is usually the last thing on their minds, so all women in this situation are not very receptive to the idea of ​​having a sexual encounter during these days.

Others, on the contrary, perceive a different effect because the hormonal change can produce an increase in the sensitivity of the breasts and in the genital area, making them feel much more attractive and excited.

For these girls, sex with their period can be an attractive option as long as there is no taboo involved. That is, as long as they don’t think it might be unpleasant or unhygienic. 

Depending on your case, you will be more or less receptive to living the experience. The important thing is to keep in mind that having sex during menstruation does not put your health or well-being at risk, so if you both feel like it, you can do it without anything stopping you. Of course, if this is the case, always remember to notify your partner of the situation and, if you are using a tampon, remove it before penetration to avoid accidents.

2) It is advisable to use a condom when having sex with your period

Despite the many myths out there, the fact is that there is a chance that you will get pregnant if you have sex during your period. Although the chances are low, they do exist, especially in those women with hormonal imbalances that affect ovulation.

Sperm can survive for up to 5 days inside the woman’s body, and therefore if she ovulates prematurely after the bleeding has stopped, the egg can be fertilized. If you want to be safe,  always use a condom even when you’re on your period.

In addition, both you and your partner are also at risk of transmitting or catching a sexually transmitted disease by having unprotected sex, regardless of whether you have your period. 

STDs such as human papillomavirus, chlamydia, or genital herpes are very common and easily spread, especially if we have vaginal, anal, or oral sex with multiple partners without using a condom. For this reason, no matter what time of the month it is, condoms are the surest way to prevent the spread of these diseases during sex. If you want to know more about STDs and how to prevent them, we invite you to consult our Sexually Transmitted Diseases page. 

The good news is that at Durex we have a condom designed especially for women: Durex Naturals, a thin condom with a water-based lubricant with 98% ingredients of natural origin, without artificial colors or flavors for a smooth and pleasant experience.

3) During menstruation you lubricate better 

In addition to the obvious fluid released during menstruation, women often secrete more bodily fluids during this period as well.

These fluids can provide extra natural lubrication that can be beneficial during sex, reducing the need for additional lubricants and combating discomfort caused by vaginal dryness. 

In addition to the fact that the penetration will be softer, you can take advantage of the sensitivity of these days for a sensual massage where erogenous zones such as the breasts or the neck are stimulated.

With our massage gels you will be able to elevate this experience to an unforgettable level.

4) It is important to choose the right positions for sex with your period

If you and your partner have decided to give it a try and have sex on your period, there are certain positions that may be more comfortable and less complicated to experiment with at first.

In general, positions where the man is on top, like missionary, or where you are both on your sides, like spooning, are more recommended than positions where the woman is on top.

On the other hand, sexual positions such as doggy style are not recommended. In this position the penetration is deeper and can be painful due to the increased sensitivity of the genitals and the narrowing of the cervix during the period. So, if you want a better result, go for something simple and effective.

5) It is advisable to prepare the sexual encounter 

One of the things that discourages a couple from having sex with their period is the idea that this encounter could be disastrous. To avoid this, it is useful to prepare beforehand to minimize accidents.

Nobody likes stained white cotton sheets, so put some dark towels on top of the sheets if you’re going to have sex in bed. Also avoid having sex in all those spaces that could be stained, such as a light carpet or the sofa. In addition, we recommend that you always have wet wipes or a damp towel on hand to clean yourself and your partner after the meeting.

Another good option is to have period sex in the shower, which is not only the cleaner alternative while helping to reduce your period flow, but also provides an exciting change of scenery and gives you the opportunity to be excited and wet in a different environment. You dare? In our article Practice the best sex in the shower, we give you some recommendations so that you can achieve it. 

Now that you know that having sex with your period is appropriate and that there is nothing dangerous or risky in this practice, you can encourage yourself to try it with your partner whenever you both want to live this experience.

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