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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109 Comments

  1. i had sex with a gal friend in her menstruation. what do i do to detoxify myself

  2. Unknowingly During sex , my wifes period started, but the problem was , now when she goes for urine, the vaginal wall gets pain , please suggest any issue is there , what is the medication to stop or relif from the pain

  3. hello doc
    my gf is virgin we met 2 days ago and we had sex I did it in in the way that penis was just on the top of vagina and she got discharge but i didn’t even discharge on that. it was her 2nd day of period. after that she complianed that she is not bleeding at all. is there any chance to get pregnant?

  4. My friend had unprotected sex on her first day of her period. Is that safe or not??

    • What do you mean by safe or not? She cannot get pregnant that is for sure. But she still is at risk of various STDs and infections.

  5. Hey doc, nice topic. I had sex with my girl on her period cause she wanted it bad. I want to know the risk i am involved do in if any and what I need to do after this. Thanks

    • Assuming that she does not have any infections, you are not at risk of anything. If she does have infections like STDs or HIV, then you are at an increased risk of contracting these infections. Since it is near impossible to tell if someone is carrying an infection or not, the prudent thing would still be to see your doctor.

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