It has been a common question, for quite long, by most people whether sex during a period is safe.
There are people who avoid sex during periods as they strongly follow their religion’s rules. For others (though it can be a bit messy) to have or not to have is just a choice! Either way, there are merits along with a few health concerns that we should be aware of.
How can sex during the period be beneficial?
Relief From Menstrual Cramps
During orgasm, the muscles of the uterus contract and release. Also, there is a release of the pain-killing hormone ‘Endorphins’ which makes you feel good and happy. So, engaging in sexual activity during the period keeps your mind occupied and brings in great relief from cramps or menstrual pain.
The ‘feel-good’ hormones released during sex reduces stress and thereby prevents you from stress-related diseases to a great extent.
Improved Sleep Quality
Relief from cramps during the period will definitely help in having a good sleep and this helps in maintaining good health too.
Relief From Headaches
Most women have migraine headaches during periods. Studies have proved that sex during period relieves them from such headaches.
Shorter Menstrual Duration
Due to muscle contractions during intercourse, the uterine contents get expelled much faster resulting in shorter period durations.
Some women have a dry vagina and there may be a need for lubricant products to enjoy the intercourse. For them, the menstrual flow can become a natural lubricant, thereby increasing the sex drive and making intercourse more comfortable and enjoyable.
What could be the probable side-effects of sex during the period?
Well! There are few things that you need to pay attention to if you are interested in sex during the period –
Risk Of Pregnancy
Chances of pregnancy cannot be completely wiped out! It is still possible because the sperm can stay alive in the reproductive tract for up to 5 days. If there are no plans for pregnancy then contraception is a must.
Sexual Transmitted Infections
Sex during period gives way to infections like HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, and UTI (Urinary Tract Infections) too.
Ensure that tampons are removed before sex as it can move inwards and become difficult to remove without a doctor’s intervention. Furthermore, there are chances of acquiring bacterial infections if the tampons stay deep inside the body.
Plan & Choose Lights
Sex is more enjoyable during the period days when the flow is lighter. Lower the flow, lesser is the mess!
Do a bit of planning and make your sex life just as enjoyable during the period as that of the rest of the month. Don’t put a halt to your sex life during the period, it may be even more exciting than you guess!