The taboo of sex during menstruation: a sexologist talks to you about benefits, precautions and recommendations

The taboo of sex during menstruation: a sexologist talks to you about benefits, precautions and recommendations

Society tends to surround the issue of menstruation with a veil of taboo. It is as if a normal stage in the sexual development of human beings were a reason to make us feel ashamed. The impact of these menstrual taboos dates back to our ancestors and we may never know how and when they began.

But what if I told you that there may be benefits to breaking the stigma of sex during menstruation? Although it may seem surprising, there are strong arguments supporting the idea that sex during menstruation can be not only safe, but also beneficial for some people.


  1. Less pain: Sexual arousal and orgasm release endorphins that act as natural pain relievers and increase blood flow to the pelvic area, which helps relax cramps or muscle tension associated with menstruation, providing relief for many people.
  2. Greater lubrication: Menstrual blood acts as a natural lubricant and helps make sexual intercourse more comfortable and pleasurable because it reduces friction during vaginal penetration.
  3. Shorter periods: Many people report that having sex during menstruation reduces the length of their period. This may be because orgasms cause uterine contractions that stimulate the uterus to expel fluid.
  4. Less stress: In addition to the release of physical and emotional tensions experienced during and after sex, many people feel greater confidence and sexual freedom since during this period, the chances of pregnancy are reduced.
  5. Increased sexual desire: Hormonal changes during menstruation alone can increase desire in some people. This, combined with greater sensitivity of the genitals, greater lubrication due to menstrual blood, the release of hormones and neurotransmitters during arousal and orgasm, and the release of physical tensions from sexual activity, act as accelerators of sexual desire.
  6. Greater intimate connection: Having sex during menstruation may involve a feeling of vulnerability or discomfort for some people, but this willingness to explore and accept all facets of sexuality can strengthen connection, security, and emotional commitment to your partner.

Precautions to consider

All sexual activity must be responsible and with precautions that must be taken into account to ensure the consent, comfort, enjoyment and pleasure of both.

  1. Risks of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): Menstruation is made up of blood, vaginal secretions and endometrial cells that can contain bacteria and viruses that cause some STIs, so it is always recommended to use condoms during sex to prevent these risks.
  2. Unwanted pregnancies: Although a person is less likely to get pregnant during menstruation, it is not 100% safe, especially for those who have an irregular menstrual cycle. This means that if ovulation occurs shortly after menstruation, it can coincide with sperm that are alive in the female reproductive tract and viable for fertilization. It is important to practice safe sex and use birth control if an unwanted pregnancy is a concern.
  3. Limits and Preferences: It is important to remember that given the cultural taboo surrounding the fear or shame of menstrual bleeding, the needs and comforts of both parties involved must be respected. Talking about this topic and discussing limits and preferences is a step towards a much safer and healthier sexuality.


Since sex during your period can be a little messy or can try some of these suggestions:

  1. Open communication: It is important that before having sex during menstruation there are open and honest conversations so that both parties are comfortable and can enjoy satisfactory sex.
  2. Integrate it as a novelty: Sex under this phase can be an opportunity to explore new experiences and get out of the comfort zone. If you’re worried about leaving a stain on the area, explore having sex in the shower or pool. Also, using a dark-colored towel to protect the sheets may be an option.
  3. Use a menstrual disc: Unlike the menstrual cup, the disc can be used during sex. This means that while the disc is in the vagina, penetration can occur simultaneously and also avoid some licks.
  4. Choose your days: If you still feel some discomfort, but there is an openness to trying, evaluate the lighter days of the period. This way you prevent accidents and the pain of menstrual contractions has probably already dissipated a little.
  5. Ignore social pressure: It is important to remember that the decision to have sex during menstruation and in any of its forms is personal and should not be affected by external pressures.

Anyway, Each person decides what experiences to have and how to enjoy sex in a positive way. Breaking with the idea of ​​boxing sexual activities into “good or bad” does not allow us to develop the confidence and sexual freedom that will guide us to enjoy the pleasure of consensual, safe, healthy and satisfying sex.

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