- A shorter period: Orgasm can trigger uterine contractions, which increases your flow post-sex, leading to a shorter period. Woohoo!
- Relief from cramps: Those same uterine contractions cause the release of oxytocin, a happy brain chemical that can end your cramp suffering - without side effects.
- Increased lubrication: Having your period means a little extra lubrication, which can make sex more enjoyable for both partners.
- A little extra heat: The increased hormonal activity that takes place during menstruation can, for some folks, actually increase sex drive.
How to Rock Period Sex
OK, so maybe you’re on board with the whole period sex thing, at least in theory, but then you go "Hey, what about my sheets!?"
I hear you, but there are a few simple things you can do to contain the mess. Plus, as long that mess is easily cleaned up, who really cares? Sex is kinda messy at the best of times (actually, especially at the best of times!)
Keepin' It Clean
First, don't be shy about protecting your bed (or couch or ottoman, etc.). The towel is a tried-and-true period sex staple. Throw one down and have at it. If you want to get fancy with it, there are waterproof blankets specifically designed to protect beds and other surfaces from the inherent messiness of sex and period sex is an excellent reason to bust one out.
The other option is to contain the flow. This can be a great option for folks who want the sexy times but don’t want to deal with clean up after. There are several options available these days but probably the hands-down best option is the Ziggy Cup menstrual disc. It’s a reusable silicone menstrual cup (what’s up eco-conscious menstrual products?!) that is designed to be worn comfortably during sex. With its wide, shallow shape and super soft silicone, once it’s inserted, it practically can’t be felt at all, by either partner. When it comes to period sex, it may be the best of all worlds— all the pleasure with none of the clean up!
Read: How to Insert a Menstrual Disc for Mess Free Sex
Think Outside the Box
There are so many sexual options that don’t involve vaginal penetration. Your period gives you an awesome opportunity to explore those options! And, of course, you and your partner can always hop in the shower. Actually, that's a great idea any day, but it’s extra-convenient during your period!
Position is also important when it comes to period sex. Common wisdom says you might want to be on the bottom to ensure that gravity is working in your favor. This sometimes creates some of its own mess, so try some things out and see what feels best for you. In this situation, a gentle, rear-entry position often works well.
Read: 7 Sex Positions That Are Great for Period Sex
The Bottom Line
Menstruation has been seen as a rite of passage, a disease and everything in between. Now we know that it's just a natural part of life. So what's the big deal with period sex? There isn't one - or there shouldn't be. And as long as everyone's on board, there's no reason that being on the rag should throw you off your game.
Tell us what you think: Is your partner open to sex during your time of the month? Do you enjoy period sex or hate it?