Girls think they should avoid having sexual intercourse during menstruation. The menstrual blood, tampons, and sanitary pads can potentially get in the way of the mood. There are are also certain religions and beliefs that females during menstruation are “unclean.”
However, there are many benefits to having sex during menstruation and many crafty ways to avoid the mess! Sexual intercourse during menstruation is a completely natural and safe act and causes no harm to either partner.
The Benefits of Having Sex during Menstruation
It is common for young females to feel more desirous for sex during the first few days of menstruation due to changes in hormones, which can make the experience more rewarding for both partners.
Many teen girls also report that their menstruation seems to end sooner than if they had not had sexual intercourse. This is probably because the muscle spasms from orgasm allow menstrual flow to come out quicker than usual.
The hormones your body releases during sex (such as oxytocin) help relieve the menstrual cramps, depression, and irritability associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). To learn more about the menstrual cycle, click here.
The Risks of Having Sex during Menstruation
A female can get pregnant at any time during her menstrual cycle, even on her period! Although it is less likely to occur than at other times, it is still possible.
If you are trying to avoid pregnancy, it is important to continue using at least one form of birth control (whether it be a condom or The Pill).
It is also extremely important to use at least one form of STI preventative at all times, such as the male condom. To learn more about barrier methods, such as the male condom, click here. During menstruation, the cervix expands more than usual to allow blood flow.
This creates a pathway for bacteria and viruses to travel into the female’s uterus and pelvic regions and transmit an STI.
Also, the vagina has a lower acidity at this time, which puts the female at a greater risk of a yeast or bacterial infection.
Tips on How to Avoid the Mess During Sexual Intercourse
The most simple and common way to avoid a mess during sexual intercourse is to place a towel or cloth underneath the female in missionary position (female on her back, male on top). Many people are surprised to see just how little blood actually leaks out!
It is also possible to have sex in other positions, such as female on top, but there is the possibility of more leakage due to gravity. In either of these positions, it is a good idea to keep some soft tissues nearby just in case.
Another great way to enhance cleanliness is to have sex in the shower. Not only will this introduce novelty and excitement into your sex life, but also the water will help wash away any menstrual blood!
Since water can dry out the natural lubrication of the vagina, it might be a good idea to also use a lubricant. To learn more about lubricants, click here.
If you use sanitary pads, there is also the option of leaving your underwear and pad on during sex and just pushing them to the side.
The pad helps absorb any menstrual flow that may come out, and it even has the added bonus of making the vagina feel tighter to the male partner as he rubs against it.
Diaphragms, contraceptive sponges, or male and female condoms can also be used to help lessen menstrual flow leakage. While these devices do not completely block menstrual flow, they either help absorb some of it or just keep the blood off of your partner.
Most Women Eat More During Their Period
It’s not your imagination. Women really do eat more between periods. The time of the month does have an impact on women’s eating
Like it or not, it’s an evolutionary fact. Menstrual-related hormones shape women’s daily choices. Your menstrual cycle affects many of your most fundamental survival and mating pursuits.
Researchers tracked the daily desires, preferences and purchases of women over 35 continuous days. The women kept detailed diaries of the food they ate, what they bought, and how much time they spent making themselves beautiful.
There was a marked increase in women’s appearance-related behaviour, such as putting on makeup and wearing sexy clothes, during the fertile stage of the menstrual cycle, approximately days 8 to 15 in a 28-day cycle.
There was a rise in eating and buying high-calorie food during the infertile (luteal) phase of the menstrual cycle, approximately days 16-28.
There’s a Darwinian explanation. For the species to survive, women had to spend more time on sex-related activities while they were fertile. Non-mating-related activities such as food foraging took precedence during the non-fertile phase.
What do we learn from this? The likelihood of being able to stick to a diet will likely wax and wane depending on a woman’s menstrual status.