There is nothing gross, unnatural or unhygienic about period sex. While some women don't feel like having sex during their period, for others, sexual activity can be even more pleasurable than at other times of the month. Both are totally normal and okay! Just because you're having your period doesn't mean you have to forego sex.
Many women experience increased congestion in the pelvic area, which can ramp up their sex drive. You may feel more sexually aroused and sensitive during this time of the month because of the changes in your hormone levels. But for some women, this extra sensitivity may make it uncomfortable to have sex during this time. The bottom line is to ensure that you and your partner are comfortable with the situation. For those who do want to give it a try, here are some period sex tips.
1. Engage in extra slow foreplay
Foreplay can be even hotter during this time of the month. When you have your period, your hormones are in overdrive, which means you might find it even easier to orgasm from touch or penetration. Try giving each other an erotic massage to slow things down and build tension before intercourse. A vibrator can provide extra clitoral stimulation. Did we mention that orgasms emit biochemicals that can help ease cramps?
2. Keep some towels handy
You don't want your menstrual fluid to soak into your sheets and mattress, so while you're having sex, place some towels beneath you and keep some tissues by your side.
3. Stick to the missionary position
Lie on your back to lessen the blood flow while having intercourse. Or don't. The whole point is that period sex is not that big a deal. It's just juicy, that's all. Also, be careful about deep penetration because your cervix may be lower and more sensitive during your period. If anything starts to hurt, tell your partner and proceed with care.
4. Have sex in the shower.
Not only is this less messy, it's a change of pace, too. When you're under the flow of the water, that other flow becomes a lot less of an issue. Use a silicone lube for extra lubrication.
5. Use contraception
When you're on your period, you're at higher risk for STDs and pelvic infections. What's more, you still can get pregnant. So if you thought this was your ticket to ride, sorry - you still have to stay safe. We recommend using condoms, as they protect you from both unwanted pregnancy and most STDs.
6. Talk it over beforehand
Even though it is perfectly hygienic and safe, not everybody feels confident about period sex. So it might be best not to surprise your partner with period sex in order to avoid a potentially frustrating response. Talk it over and find out what your partner thinks about it before you get started. He or she probably has an opinion!