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Sex during your period: top five facts

By David Joshua Jennings November 9, 06:00 am
If you thought that sex during menstruation is off-limits, think again. Many hesitate to try it because we’re told to think it’s unclean.

From a purely medical point of view, however, sex during menstruation is totally fine. It even has a lot of benefits for both partners. To find out more, read all of the facts here.

Menstrual blood is healthy blood

There’s a pervasive myth out there that menstrual blood is dirty and full of impurities that might harm the penis. This is nonsense!
Menstrual blood is a mixture of healthy blood and the discarded tissues that line the uterus each month in preparation for pregnancy. Coming in contact with this blood won't harm the penis in any way. In fact, menstruation blood serves as a great (and harmless) lubricant.

Also, sex during menstruation causes absolutely no harm to a woman’s uterus. Although it’s true that a tiny opening corps up in the uterus to pass menstrual blood during menstruation, this hole is too small for the penis to enter.

Menstruation may increase a woman’s sex drive

Many women feel a higher sex drive during their menstrual cycle. There is a lot of conflicting and confusing information about why this happens. But one reason, according to Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of The Hormone Cure, is that a woman’s estrogen is at an all-time low at the beginning of her period. As her estrogen levels rise over the following week, her testosterone levels rise as well, helping her be turned on more easily.

Another factor may be the increased blood flow and lubrication, which could translate into arousal. The possibility of getting pregnant is also lower during this time, which might make women feel more sexually free.

Pregnancy is still possible

The chances of becoming pregnant during menstruation are extremely small, but it can still happen. Though generally, it is a very safe time to have unprotected sex if you’re trying to avoid pregnancy, a man’s sperm has the ability to survive inside the woman’s body for a few days and there is a small chance that early ovulation could cause pregnancy.

If you want to avoid getting pregnant, it is best to use contraceptives, when with period sex.

Sex during menstruation can relieve cramps 

Reaching an orgasm during the period may give you pain relief from cramps by releasing pain-reducing endorphins into the bloodstream. Also, according to some scientists, sex during this time provides further relief by using up chemicals, which are responsible for menstrual cramps.

Sex during menstruation could also knock a few days off your period. This is because the extra contractions your uterus experiences during orgasm help get rid of menstrual blood faster, ending your cycle sooner than usual. But, you can expect a heavy flow during the initial days.

It’s more often women, not men, opposed to the idea

According to a recent survey conducted on, it's women, rather than men, who choose to shut down sexual activities during menstruation. More than 75 per cent of the men who were surveyed said they had no issues about having sex during their partner’s period, though 54 per cent said they would only do it with a wife or serious girlfriend.

Do you know some more interesting facts about sex during the period? Share your knowledge with us – leave a comment below or on Facebook: Love Matters Naija and Love Matters Kenya.

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xavi boaz
Tue, 03/24/2015 - 05:54 pm works and one time i did it with my partner she exactly had short period though she was bored to see her blood,,xo it just depends with the partners reaction towards it.
All of yall are nasty! It is common sense not to have sex while on your period, trying to find ways around it or trying to justify it is ridiculous! And it isnt biblically! Look it up!
It is mentioned in the bible but does not say it must not be done. The thing is where it instructs us we have to do it we don't do it but when its okay to do it, we are just considered unclean for a few days suddenly its unbiblical. Can't stand hypocrites. Leviticus 15:19-33 NLT 19 “Whenever a woman has her menstrual period, she will be ceremonially unclean for seven days. Anyone who touches her during that time will be unclean until evening. 20 Anything on which the woman lies or sits during the time of her period will be unclean. 21 If any of you touch her bed, you must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening. 22 If you touch any object she has sat on, you must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening. 23 This includes her bed or any other object she has sat on; you will be unclean until evening if you touch it. 24 If a man has sexual intercourse with her and her blood touches him, her menstrual impurity will be transmitted to him. He will remain unclean for seven days, and any bed on which he lies will be unclean. 25 “If a woman has a flow of blood for many days that is unrelated to her menstrual period, or if the blood continues beyond the normal period, she is ceremonially unclean. As during her menstrual period, the woman will be unclean as long as the discharge continues. 26 Any bed she lies on and any object she sits on during that time will be unclean, just as during her normal menstrual period. 27 If any of you touch these things, you will be ceremonially unclean. You must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening. 28 “When the woman’s bleeding stops, she must count off seven days. Then she will be ceremonially clean. 29 On the eighth day she must bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons and present them to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle. 30 The priest will offer one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. Through this process, the priest will purify her before the LORD for the ceremonial impurity caused by her bleeding. 31 “This is how you will guard the people of Israel from ceremonial uncleanness. Otherwise they would die, for their impurity would defile my Tabernacle that stands among them. 32 These are the instructions for dealing with anyone who has a bodily discharge—a man who is unclean because of an emission of semen 33 or a woman during her menstrual period. It applies to any man or woman who has a bodily discharge, and to a man who has sexual intercourse with a woman who is ceremonially unclean.”
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