If you thought that se-x during menstruation is off-limits, think again. Many of us are hesitant to try it, because we’re culturally conditioned
to think it’s unclean.
From a purely medical standpoint, however, se-x during menstruation is completely normal. It even has a lot of benefits for both partners.
Here are some top facts…
S-ex during menstruation isn’t harmful
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 will not harm the penis in any way. In fact, menstruation blood serves as a great (and harmless) lubricant.
There is also a common misconception that the penis can hurt the uterus during s-ex while she’s having her period.
Although it’s true that a tiny opening corps up in the uterus to pass menstrual blood during her period, this hole is impossibly small for the penis to enter. S-ex during menstruation causes absolutely no harm to a woman’s uterus.
Menstruation may increase a woman’s s-ex drive
Many women feel a higher s-ex 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 in the genital region, a heaviness that could translate into arousal.
The possibility of getting pregnant is also lower during this time, which might make women feel more sexually liberal. Also, some women may become aroused by the thought of doing something sexually forbidden or unconventional.
You can still get pregnant.