Sex during Menstruation – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Sounds gross, yes, but there are some who practice it.

I’ve come across people who ask how safe sex is during menstruation. It is still a controversial issue. For one thing we are sure about is that it never fails to make you frown upon hearing it.

The good and bad of period sex are yet to be discovered. However, a number of theories suggest that the practice more of a disadvantage rather than an advantage.

The Good

In a way, it relieves menstrual cramps. How? Endorphins (a type of hormones to relieve pain and affect emotions) are secreted during orgasm and thus decrease menstrual pains.

The Bad

Naturally during menstruation, the veins of the uterus are congested and are prone to rupture easily. Vaginal walls swell as well during menstruation. This explains the dull pain in the vagina during menses and is 100% normal. Having intercourse during your period can increase the chances of irritation to the swelled up walls. The advantages of endorphins at this point mask the danger of period sex where irritation of the vaginal walls and introduction to infection are major risks. Any wound or bleeding is a fine gateway to infection.

The cervix is slightly opened during menstruation to let out blood. This heightens the risk of infection, not being limited only to the vagina, but additionally to the uterus. The penetration of the penis into the vagina during menstruation is no more than the introduction to germs at a time when the body is unable to fight them (studies have shown that immunity is decreased during menstruation).

Orgasm results in rhythmic uterine contraction. During menstruation, this helps shed blood faster and shorten your periods. A similar reaction happens when a menstruating woman lifts up heavy loads or does strenuous exercises. This explains why most athletes experience amenorrhoea (missed periods).

Sex during the menses also increases risk of HIV infection.

The Ugly

Obviously, period sex can be really, really messy and unhygienic. This fact by itself drops the interest of both parties about the idea of having sex during menstruation.

So, is period sex good or bad? Well, momentary pleasure versus risky health – you be the judge.

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48 Comments

  1. Drtan,please what is the cause of regularly menstration

  2. doc,is it posible to got pregnant when having sex during mentration?

    • Good question. I would say it is possible but the chances are very very small. First of all, sometimes, other types of bleeding are mistaken as menstruation. Secondly, sperm can survive in the vagina for 3 days sometimes longer. If ovulation occurs early, there can be a risk of pregnancy.

    • doc.what if the ovulation occurs early, what are the possible symptoms that a mother can feel? and what are the possible risk that she might get into it?

      • Most of the time ovulation has no symptoms. Sometimes women can feel some pain on one side of their lower abdomen. Some women also get some bleeding.

  3. I Dnt Understand Why Pipo Do It!!!!. Ma Girl Started Period Wen We Were Having Sex, But Eeessshhh!!! What A Mess!!

  4. joy emmanuel

    doctor is good 2 have sex during menstruation we condom thanks

  5. so intrested thanks sir

  6. Please doctor. Can my lady fall pregnant while she’s on her mestration, assuming i release in her?

    • The risk of pregnancy for sex during pregnancy is very low. But never say never.

  7. Pls doc can i get pregnant

  8. srossman

    First of all its a fact that when on your period men know there’s a hormone released at that time and his body knows…I’m sure not all men are in to it or get horny when there woman are bleeding but allot do its normal .If you read the first comment they do I swear my man always wants it like a dog in heat every time I’m on mine. It’s natural it’s life.if you have never done it how can you judge.to each their own :)

  9. brittany

    So haven sex on your period isn’t bad? Like it don’t push blood up in you? It don’t cause infections?

  10. Ntombenhle

    Wel i dnt knw anything bt soon 2 b married so was just readin on the advantages n disadv coz even though its against my religion bt ill nevr knw. Im wiser now tnx Doc n all

  11. I’ve been doing this for the last almost 3 years, nothing has happened (IE: me getting any infections) However… There lately has been a slight/major discomfort (IE: CRAMPS) after the point… But carries at least 4-5 hours after intercourse… I just associate it w/ the cramps I usually have if they don’t come before I have my cycle, or the first 2-3 days during my cycle… …. (Anyway, my opinion, my experience… EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT! ) Judge for yourself… My guy likes it 365… 24/7… ;)

  12. Its good to know more about yur health i like the fact that everyone has their own opinion thnkyou docter for sharing your knowlegde with us it is greatly appreciated athleast i know the advantages and disadvantage of having sex during
    period thnxsi

  13. Sex with menstruation is safe to both partner?

  14. nathaly

    during menses time if do the sex with my partner will he get alergic problem on his prone skin?is it possible ?what do u say?

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      The only difference between having sex when you are on your menses or not is the presence of menstrual blood. If your partner’s skin is sensitive to the menstrual blood then he will get a reaction.

  15. nathaly

    during menses time if do the sex with my partner will he get alergic problem on his prone skin?/

  16. Kunle

    A lady complaint of being infected with cystitis through the growth of staphylococcus aureus in her private part after she had sex during menstruation.Is these possible and secondly whats the remedy i.e The drug that could heal her against the infection.Thanks

    • drtan

      Staph cystitis is exceedingly rare. Women can get cystitis and sexual intercourse is a risk factor. I do not think the fact that she had intercourse during her period made it any riskier. There are many anti-biotics that can cure Staph but Staph can also be resistant to many antibiotics. She should see a doctor to get a urine culture and sensitivity testing done before deciding on which treatment to take. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

      • Especially the Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus variety, which is tough to kill. I was recently hospitalized due to a MRSA infection on a finger. 5 days in hospital with intravenous sulfa drug, which I am not allergic to.
        The red streak had progressed up my arm nearly to the elbow.
        We seem to be running out of drugs for treatment of some illnesses.

        • Yes we are. The rise of Antibiotic resistant bacteria is a very serious problem for modern medicine.

  17. Wath effect did it have on man , when having sex during menstrual period?

  18. its simply sweet

  19. it is great havimg sex during menses just switch off the lights and concentrate of the pleasure no harm at all.

  20. I do t with my wife bt da blood smells shit. Bt we are abt to do it now again.

  21. There is absolutely no problem with having sex during preriods. Th advantages outweighs the disadvantages to women.

  22. It is totally harmful,

  23. From other females I talked with, and my own opinion, that’s just nasty, messy, and most of all uncomfortable.
    Why would females even need to do that. Sex is not important enough for a female to put herself through that sh______!!

    • Sex during periods is normal., not ‘nasty’. Considering when you have sex without a condom say on the pill there’s a huge mess involved, why is a period mess any different? Each to their own opinion, but just so you lnow there are females outside of your group that done have an issue with it.

  24. can a woman concieve on the 3rd day of her period?

      • Bullshit. There is ALWAYS a chance of pregnancy. What kind of ‘doctor’ are you?

        • We are here to share medical knowledge. If you have a differing opinion you are free to voice it and explain scientifically why you think this is so. There is no need to be insulting.

          • Thanks drtan… I know some people think they are a Doc’, a Lawyer, or even (i don’t know a great mother/father/sister, or even a person) – They are free to their own opinion but if you can’t tell something scientifically… or maybe can share “your own story” why be so PRUDE?!?!??!??!

        • Derrick

          What are the chances lik????

  25. can a woman concieve on the third day of her periods?.
    thanks.

  26. Susan Andrew

    There is lot of discussion about having or not having intercourse during menses, an old taboo. As far as infections are concerned they can happen at any time and at any age so there is no direct link between menses and infections. I am having sex during menses for last fifteen years since my marriage and I find it very pleasant to have sex during menses and there is no injury to vagina. My husband also finds it more pleasurable than when I am not having menses and he is more satisfied to have sex during menses. I find sex irritating my vagina when I am not having menses because my vagina dries up after some time during intercourse although I try to make my vagina secrete fluid but to no vain. I personally feel that menses are meant to have prolonged relationship between couples. Scientifically it has been proven that hormone released during menses due to ovulation and degeneration of corpus luteum like inhibin A are stimulant for Sertoli cells in testes which in turn increase the production of testosterone in male partner. Once there is surge of testosterone there is increased vigor plus natural heated lubrication from blood results in having good sex. I now want to ask one question to those who consider it as a taboo, why menses is only human phenomenon? The answer is very simple because if you study the structure of penis, it is blood regulated organ in human being and inhibin A as mentioned above is only natural source of stimulating testosterone in male partner. So fellows give up centuries old taboos and try to live in present age and enjoy sex in its natural form

  27. strawberryflakes

    In my religion (ISLAM) sex during menstruation is fobbiden, Gd knows best :-)

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