Is It Safe To Have Sex During Period?

Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:

According to health experts, having sex during period is perfectly natural and safe for both partners. However, certain factors have to be taken into consideration.

Benefits of Sex during Menstruation

Sex while you are menstruating can help ease the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. Many women say that orgasms can ease their cramps and the orgasmic contractions of the uterus offer a soothing internal massage. Also, orgasms release endorphins, natural painkillers and mood enhancers, which can help soothe the cramps, headaches, mild depression, and irritability sometimes associated with periods. Many women enjoy sex more when they are menstruating because of increased feelings of fullness in the pelvic and genital areas.

However to minimize the mess, wearing a menstrual cup or a female condom can help reduce the amount of blood that might come out during intercourse. If you’re not comfortable using one of them, even a regular condom can make cleanup easier.

Risks of Sex During Period

Safe sex is even more crucial during your period. Your risks of sexually transmitted diseases and infections are higher than normal during this

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time because the cervix opens to allow blood to pass through. Unfortunately, this creates the perfect pathway for bacteria to travel deep inside the pelvic cavity. You are also more likely to pass on blood-borne diseases like HIV and hepatitis to your partner during your period and more likely to develop yeast or bacterial infections because the vagina’s pH during menstruation is less acidic. Finally, there is still a chance that you could get pregnant during your period (unless you’re on the pill), so don’t assume it’s safe to forgo contraception.