Parting the Red Sea: the benefits of period sex

Period sex is a form of sex that is considered taboo, along with certain other sexual behaviors, such as anal sex. Period sex, however, is considered taboo for different reasons. Bleeding while having sex can be messy and considered gross by both partners.

Furthermore, “red wings” is a term to describe being eaten out while on your period—something that many are very reluctant to do. While it’s safe to say that period sex has a pretty negative connotation, it should not be this way. Most women have their period for an entire week once a month—a considerable amount of time for a dry-spell if a woman happens to have a lot of casual sex. Menstruation should not inhibit sexual activity, whether it be for a male or female.

The main issue people have with period sex is the messiness of the process. If a woman has sex during the heaviest day of her period, it’s likely that the surface she had sex on will look like a murder scene afterward. There is a quick solution to this, however. Putting down a towel before sex can eliminate the mess that period sex causes. Wearing a condom can also prevent a man’s penis from getting bloody—in addition to being a safe sex practice. By taking extra precautions before engaging in period sex, the act does not have to be messy. 

Having sex while on your period can actually be beneficial in terms of sensation. Periods are Mother Nature’s natural lubricant—blood can help assist sex when a female has a problem with being too dry. In addition to this, progesterone levels drop before and during a female’s period, increasing the sex drive during this time. Period sex is often incredible due to this increase in sex drive. By getting over the initial shock of bleeding during sex, the experience may prove to be even better than usual.

In addition to an improved sexual experience, period sex can actually alleviate period cramps and shorten the length of a period. Female orgasms result in uterine contractions, which expel blood and uterine lining at a faster rate. Orgasms also flush out compounds that cause cramping during periods.

It’s always important to use precautions when having sex, though, whether or not a menstrual cycle is involved. Studies show that the chances of getting pregnant when having sex on your period are very unlikely—although there is a chance, nonetheless. Wearing condoms helps prevent pregnancy and can help to avert sexually transmitted diseases—something that you are more likely to catch when you are on your period. Period sex should not be used as an excuse to practice unsafe sex. While the stakes of getting pregnant may be lower, it’s important to remember that sexually transmitted diseases are still transmissible.

Period sex has the potential to be extremely enjoyable and beneficial to one’s health if both sexual partners are willing to tolerate the mess. It’s something that more people should break out of their comfort zone for and try, as long as the sex is safe and consensual.