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Period Sex: 8 Things Every Woman Needs To Know Before Getting Busy At That Time Of The Month

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Getting intimate with a partner can be a great way to have some fun, relieve stress, and break down emotional barriers.

Most people love having sex; it doesn’t just feel great, it also has some great health benefits.

That being said, almost everyone has an opinion when it comes to period sex.

Yes, we’re going to talk about having sex on your period. Sure, it can be a touchy and even awkward subject, but it’s something everyone needs to know more about.

Some women feel totally comfortable having period sex. Others prefer to keep those days private. And plenty of people think it’s totally gross while others think it’s no big deal.

Whether or not you choose to have sex on your period, you should know some key facts about it.

Read below to learn more about “doing the deed” when you’re menstruating.

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#1: You Can Have Sex On Your Period

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Some people don’t like to even think about period sex, but the truth is that it’s totally normal.

Just because you’re bleeding doesn’t mean you can’t have sex. You can have period sex, and you don’t need to ever feel weird about it.

Many women also think that men will be grossed out, but it turns out that most men actually don’t care at all.

#2: It's Totally Safe

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OK, so you can have sex on your period, but is it safe? Absolutely.

Having period sex is safe for both partners, and it can actually help relieve menstrual pain.

#3: It Might Be Even More Enjoyable Than Normal Sex

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Women feel arousal differently, but having period sex may actually feel even better than normal sex.

On the third day of your period, your estrogen and testosterone levels rise, which can make some women feel more sensitive and aroused.

Period blood can also serve as lubrication, which may make sex more enjoyable for both people.

#4: There Are Lots Of Options

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Even if you’re not interested in having penetrative sex while on your period, there are plenty of other options.

Many women find their clitoris provides the most pleasure, and that’s more than accessible even with a tampon in.

#5: You Can Still Get STIs On Your Period

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Even though it’s totally safe to have sex during your period, that doesn’t mean that menstruating protects you from normal sexual concerns.

While you’re on your period, you can still get and transmit STIs.

#6: You Can Still Get Pregnant On Your Period

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Similarly, being on your period does not effectively prevent pregnancy.

During your period, you’re much less likely to get pregnant, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to conceive.

Sperm can live for up to five days in your vagina, which means you may be able to become pregnant just after your period ends.

Of course, one of the concerns many women have when it comes to period sex is the mess it might make.

#7: How To Have Period Sex Without Making A Mess

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If you’re worried about blood getting on your sheets or blankets, you can lay down a towel beneath yourself, or you can have sex in the shower.

#8: It Doesn't Have To Be A Big Deal

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Some people make period sex out to be a big deal. If you just treat it like it’s totally normal (which it is), it will feel normal.

Of course, if you don’t want to have sex on your period, that’s absolutely your choice as well.

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