All You Need To Know About Period Sex
How often have you wondered what sex during periods would feel like? Did you ever stop yourself fearing the messiness or what your partner would think? Even though sex during periods is still a big taboo in India, there is nothing gross, unnatural or unhygienic about period sex. Just because you’re having your period doesn't mean you have to forego sex.
While some women don't feel like having sex during their period, for others, sexual activity during periods can be even more pleasurable than at other times of the month. Both is totally normal and okay!
Why is sex during periods a taboo in India?
Period sex is not talked about a lot in India, even though many couples practice it. The menstrual cycle is a natural process in a woman’s body, and there's nothing unhygienic about it. Still many Indian women follow restrictions during their menstrual cycles when it comes to life at home, religious practices and yes, also the bedroom. However, this is not at all necessary from a medical perspective. In fact, many Indian couples enjoy sex during periods, even if they don't talk about it. Period sex is nothing to be ashamed of! Imagine a situation where both you and your partner are fine with having sex during periods, and the only reason why you're not enjoying it is because it's considered a taboo in Indian society. Should you stop yourself because society told you being on periods is dirty or would you venture out and take control of what you want in the bedroom?
Is sex during periods for everyone?
We say, if you're curious, give it a try! You can always stop if you’re experiencing discomfort or pain. Moreover, having sex during periods can be somewhat like the first time you did it. A little messy, a little awkward. Sex or not, periods may anyways make you feel that way. And what better time to do something that would give you pleasure than during those five to seven days of the month when you need an instant lift me up. The “happy” hormones you release afterwards will actually help with alleviating the cramps.
Many women feel more sexually aroused and sensitive during this time of the month because of the changes in your hormone levels. Many women also experience an increased feeling of congestion in the pelvic area during periods, which can also ramp up your sex drive. But for some women, this extra sensitivity during periods may make it uncomfortable to have sex during this time. The bottom line is to make sure that both you and your partner are comfortable with the situation. For those who do want to give it a try, read the tips below for having sex during periods!
What do Indian couples say about period sex?
We asked some Indian women and men about their opinions regarding sex during periods, and here's what we found.
Rushali, 29, from Mumbai: "Having sex during periods for me is one of the most pleasurable times to have sex, because my libido actually increases a lot on the second and third day of my period. I feel that a lot of women don’t go forward with it because they worry that their partner wouldn’t like it. I wish that Indian men would get over their fear of a menstruating woman!"
Mangala, 26, from Chennai: "I wouldn’t have any problem with period sex if the problem with leakage was taken care of and my partner was on-board. If we’re using stainless sheets or doing it in the washroom I don’t see why not. I masturbate even during periods."
Ashwin, 34, from Bangalore: "I always considered period sex a no-go, until my wife and I tried it for the first time a few years ago. It's actually not nearly as messy as you'd think."
What are some expert tips for having sex while menstruating?
Period sex tip #1: Engage in extra slow foreplay
Foreplay can be even hotter when you have sex while on your period. When you have your period your hormones are in overdrive, which means you might find it even easier to orgasm from touch or penetration. Try giving each other an erotic massage to slow things down and build tension before intercourse. A vibrator can provide extra clitoral stimulation. Did we mention orgasms emit biochemicals that can help ease cramps?
Period sex tip #2: Keep some towels handy
You don't want your menstrual fluid to soak into your sheets and mattress, so when you're having sex during periods, place some towels beneath you and some tissues to your side.
Period sex tip #3: Stick to the missionary position
When you have sex during periods, try to lie on your back to lessen the flow of blood while you're having intercourse. Also, be careful about deep penetration because your cervix may be lower and more sensitive during your period. If anything starts to hurt, just tell your partner and proceed with care.
Period sex tip #4: Have sex in the shower.
Not only is this less messy, it's a change of pace, too. When you're under the flow of the water, that other flow becomes a lot less noticeable. Some women find that they get less wet when they have sex during periods, in this case you can consider using lube for extra lubrication during sex.
Period sex tip #5: Use contraception
When you have sex while on your period, you're at higher risk for STDs and pelvic infections. What's more, you're less likely to get pregnant, sure, but it's not impossible. So if you thought this was your ticket to ride, sorry - you still have to stay safe. We recommend using condoms, as they protect you from both unwanted pregnancy and most STDs.
Period sex tip #6: Talk it over beforehand
Even though it is perfectly hygienic and safe, not everybody feels confident about period sex. So it might be best not to surprise your partner with sex during periods in order to avoid a potentially frustrating response to you. Talk it over and find out what your partner thinks about sex during periods before you get started. He or she probably has an opinion!
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