Here is what you should know about having physical contact during menstruation — the good, the bad, and the slightly messy.
Know the mood: Arousal is different for every woman, and some may be too distracted by their period and its annoyances to actually get in the mood for s – -x. But for others, menstruation could actually be a turn-on of sorts. That’s because your estrogen and testosterone are low on day 1, but they start to rise by day 3. “Some women report they feel more aroused and more sensitive around this time,”.
S – – x relieves menstrual cramps: Menstrual flow can serve as extra lubrication during intercourse , which can also increase pleasure. If you typically use a store – bought lubricant to help with dryness during s – – x, this may be your week to go natural. And some research suggests that orgasms can even relieve menstrual cramping and PMS.
To avoid stained sheets: Put a towel down on the bed, or getting busy in the shower. And don’t be concerned if you see dark red or brown clumps during or after s – – x; that’s just older blood and cells of your uterine lining, and it’s perfectly normal.
You can minimize the mess: Wearing a menstrual cup or a female condom can help reduce the amount of blood that might come out during contact. If you’re not comfortable using one of them, even a regular nirodh can make cleanup easier—for your partner, at least.
Don’t forget protection: You can still get pregnant if you have s – – x while on your period. Some periods last more than a week and sometimes a woman’s ovulation can overlap with menstruation. On top of that, sperm can live for 3 to 5 days. If you’re on birth control and taking it as directed, you should be fine—but if you aren’t, don’t chance it without another form of protection.
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