Out of all the taboos surrounding sex, “period sex” still remains untouched. This is because most don’t want to openly talk about it. However, all of us want all the details about having sex during period. There are so many common facts that you need to know regarding periods and sex while on a period. Let’s see what these facts are and some important tips to keep in mind before you get down and dirty with your partner while on “chums”.
1. Orgasms can heal cramps and ease PMS symptoms
Orgasms release endorphins that will help us get rid of obvious PMS symptoms like stress. They also can help reduce period cramps for some, depending on the intensity and strength of their O. Vaginal orgasms have more reduction properties, more than the clitoral stimulation.
2. Orgasm might speed up the flow of menstrual blood
For the ones who were not aware of this fact, yes it’s possible. For the ones who had sex while on a period, you might have noticed more blood than the expected rate, even though your period was lighter. This is due the fact that orgasms rise the level of endometrial debris expelled from your body. This is turn decreases the length of your cycle. In other words, you can speed up your cycle by sex. Good news eh?
3. It makes sex more enjoyable
Studies have shown that there is negative influence on your sexual arousal because of periods. Some women want to have sex during their period. Most claim that they are more turned on and feel highly sensitive at the time, which leads to an increase in sexual pleasure while stimulated.
4. Yes, you CAN still get preggers
It is true that the ones with regular 28-day cycles have less chances of getting pregnant around their chums. But no one is invincible. There are several reported cases of ovulation closer to periods. This is because sperm can survive for up to seven days and the pregnancy is definitely a possibility. So don’t forget a condom while having period sex.
5. Use heightened sensitivity as an advantage
“Remember that anticipation often heightens arousal and can make your orgasms even more intense,” said Emily Morse to Glamour magazine about period sex. Emily Morse is the host of the Sex With Emily podcast and a sex therapist. Translation: increase your foreplay. “Although you might not be comfortable receiving oral sex, you can guide your partner to spend time playing with your nipples, teasing your inner thighs, and gently breathing on your clitoris which can be just the stimulation you need to intensify your orgasms.”
6. Use Soap
Messy sex might be the hottest sex of your life, but if it makes you feel conscious then use cleansing shower settings.
“If you’re squeamish about the blood, try having sex in the shower, which will wash it all away as you cavort, or in the bathtub,” said Gloria Brame, author of Sex for Grown-Ups and a sex therapist, to Glamour.
7. Experiment with new positions
“When you’re on your period, some women report more pelvic congestion, which is a heaviness that [may] trigger arousal,” said Carlen Costa, relationship expert and sexologist to Glamour. “This is why some women report wanting to have more sex while on their period, versus none at all.”
“You can play with the depth of penetration and different angles to make sure it works for you”, added Morse.
8. Stroke your kinky side
Try using a blindfold, if either of you is squeamish about blood. “Your period is the perfect time to elevate sex by exploring other senses like sight and sound,” says Shallon Lester, YouTube sex and dating expert and author of dating memoir Exes and Ohs to Glamour. “You don‘t have to go full-on Fifty Shades with all kinds of leather contraptions—just peel off your shirt and toss it over your partner’s eyes, then pin their hands and tell them they can’t move or peek,” added Lester. “Every sense will be heightened, and you can play around with sensations, from nails to nibbles, with more bang for your buck.”
9. Figure out new erogenous zones
“Not everyone is into [period sex], but that doesn’t mean you have to eliminate sex altogether,” said Costa to Glamour. “There are plenty of other ways to seek pleasure with one another that don’t have to do with [actual intercourse].” Start rising heat by exploring places of your body, that you thought can never be erogenous zones. Hands, stomach, ears, and even the soles of your feet.
10. If not now, then when?
According to a study by Flex, only 55 percentage of adults take part in sexual activities during periods. However, if you don’t belong to this group, then go ahead and give it a try. You might discover that you really, really like period sex. Who knows right? For couples who have never tried period sex, it’s definitely an exciting chance to overcome your fears.
If you don’t like it, then just forget the whole deal forever. No biggie.