Period, also known as menstruation, is a normal experience for women of reproductive age.
Menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from the inner part of the uterus. The blood flows out of the body through the vagina.
It occurs in a monthly cycle until the female human attains menopause age, at about 51. It would also cease whenever there is a pregnancy. Women start menstruating at the age of 11 and 14.
For couples, one of the challenges they face is how to have sex during the time the wife is experiencing her period, especially if they are working towards starting a family.
Is it okay to have sex during period?
Yes. It is perfectly okay for a woman to have sex during her menstrual cycle, provided the couple is able to handle the bloodstains properly.
However, sex during the menstrual period does not completely evict the risk of pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI).
Here are five tips that can be helpful if you and your partner are considering having sex during period:
- Cover the surface such as bed with cover sheets or other coverage
- Only have sex during the light days, i.e., when the menstrual flow is light.
- Use a disposable menstrual cup
- Try shower sex. There will be enough water to wash off the stains.
Benefits of having sex during the menstrual period for couples:
- Shorter period: According to some experts, muscle contractions during orgasms help clear the content of the uterus. Since the period is an outflow of the uterus content, such action will hasten the clearance.
Note: There is no scientific evidence supporting this so far.
- Reduced cramp: Some school of thoughts subscribed to the notion that orgasms alleviate period cramps. This was postulated due to the fact that cramps are results of the uterus contracting to release its lining.
In conclusion, having sex during a menstrual period is fine. However, it does not totally evict the risk of pregnancy.