By Our Reporter
It’s a fact that period sex can be a messy situation. Although you may not find yourself covered head-to-toe in blood as if you’ve just bathed in an entire crimson bowl, the activity can still wreak some heavy-duty mess if you don’t take precautions to keep the collateral damage to a minimum.
Even when some people are hesitant to have sex on their period, having your period can make sex even better. There are many reasons to enjoy sex whenever you feel its right for you. Your period is completely natural and there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
While it might not be for the delicate, there are some surprising pros to having sex while you’re in the midst of menstruating. And no, not getting pregnant is not one of them, because you can totally get pregnant while on your period. So, whatever you do, don’t rule it out, and don’t let yourself feel ashamed of it. Below are significant benefits to having sex while on your period.
It Helps Alleviate Cramps
When you orgasm, the body releases oxytocin and dopamine, along with other endorphins that can ease any period-related pains. So if you suffer major cramps during your period, then an orgasm can help nip those in the bud. This one also goes for when you’re PMS-ing. Sex can significantly lessen menstrual cramps and pelvic pain by releasing endorphins that work as pain and stress relief. While taking medication can help alleviate menstrual cramps, having an orgasm is a more natural way to relieve pain from menstruation. This happens because dopamine and serotonin are released during sex and can change pain sensitivity, providing some relief from cramping.
There’s less need for lube
If your Kandahar is a true definition of Kalahari, or have a difficult time producing enough lubrication naturally, then period sex will likely be a welcome break from your dryness. But before you start thinking the whole blood situation, the hormonal fluctuations that occur during the period cycle can cause women to have a higher sex drive and many women find period sex more enjoyable because there is no need for additional lubricant.
However, even though lubrication may not be needed during period sex, women should still use protection because there is still a chance that you could become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted disease while on your period. But if you can rationalize just how minimal the blood is and focus on the positive the extra lube you may find it more enjoyable.
You Probably Won’t Actually Find It Gross
Study proved what anyone who’s been in the heat of the moment during their period already knows: Everything besides having sex becomes secondary. Researchers found that sexual arousal overrides the natural disgust response, which means that once you get started, the fact that you’re on your period may not even enter your mind because your hormone levels are perfectly suited for a high sex drive during your period. For women who experience painful sex, either due to friction or not being fully aroused, the extra slickness that comes with having sex while menstruating can make intercourse more enjoyable than it would be otherwise.
Shortens the Length of Your Period
During orgasm, the uterus contracts, and therefore blood may just get pushed out faster and the flow may seem a little bit different.
But not only will sex shorten the length of your period, but it will also flush out the compounds within the uterus that are causing all that cramping and pressure in the first place. Granted, it’s not a guaranteed way to shorten your period, just like there’s no guaranteed way to make your period come faster. But it for sure doesn’t hurt and there are those remarkable natural pain relievers that come with it, no matter what, so that’s something worth considering.
It Can Create Greater Intimacy
Although a larger percentage of women are less likely to be intimate during their period, it doesn’t have to be that way. When you’re willing to open up the floodgates and have sex on your period, you’re allowing yourself to be vulnerable. Vulnerability, even if it’s something you’re not 100% comfortable with, can make relationships stronger.
It can bring up a lot of fear and anxiety to be open and vulnerable with your partner. Vulnerability is a huge contributor to intimacy and connection so one must fight the urge to shut it down. In other words, having sex on your period is also opening the doors to deeper intimacy between you and your partner. The more intimacy in a relationship, the better the connection and communication.
It Will Break You Out Of Your Comfort Zone
If you’re a missionary in bed only type of sex-haver, period sex may change that. You may decide to try new positions, or opt against intercourse in favor of other sex-related activities.
According to experts, sex in the shower is an option that most couples will choose when a partner is menstruating. Not just because it can save a possible mess on the sheets, although likely minimal, as well. However, it should be noted that shower sex works better in theory than in practice. Without the right footing, sex in the shower can be downright dangerous.
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