There are many myths about having sex during menstruation. Some people genuinely believe that if you have sex during these days, the possibility of getting pregnant is zero, but is it true? Some others might not like it or enjoy it, and it is totally fine, while others think it is dirtier. What is the truth about this topic that is still taboo for many people?
Like every situation, there are some pros and cons, and here at Adira, we clarify your doubts:
-You naturally enjoy more lubrication during sex.
-sex drive increases during your period, thanks to changes in your hormones at this part of your cycle
-Orgasms during menstruation can help relieve your cramps.
-There is always the risk of getting pregnant if you are not using a contraceptive method, either is the first or the last day of your period
-Even during menstruation, there is a risk of infection when having oral, anal, or vaginal sex or any form of skin-to-skin genital contact: menstrual blood can change the pH of your vagina, increasing the chance of getting an STI from an infected partner. These STIs include chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, herpes, HIV, human papillomavirus (HPV), molluscum contagiosum, syphilis, and trichomoniasis
If you are willing to enjoy sex during your period, we can also provide you with some tips that can be very useful:
We know it can be a bit uncomfortable or “messy,” that is why we suggest having sex on the lighter days of your period.
An easy clean-up: having sex in the shower (although keep in mind that water can affect the effectiveness of a condom)
Put a towel on the bed - this way, you protect your sheets and mattress.
Using a menstrual disc - unlike a menstrual cup, the disc can be worn during sex.
The idea that sex during the days of your period is dirty compared to intercourse at other times is not accurate. All types of sex can involve different fluids and excretions, such as lubricants, ejaculatory, sweat, sometimes urine, and even feces; therefore, menstrual blood should not impede intercourse unless you decide not to do it.
Finally, if you decide to take the chance, we suggest you be responsible, always use condoms or any other barrier method, and remember that having sex is always your very own decision.