For about 30 or so years, you’ll get your period about once a month. An average period lasts from 3 to 8 days, and if you find yourself towards the end of this spectrum, you’re obviously wondering how much time goes to ‘waste’ when you can’t or shouldn’t have sex. The thing is, unless you’re particularly embarrassed to do it while on your period, medically speaking there is no reason why you should skip it, if you use condoms. Obviously, if cougar dating is your thing and you don’t want to scare your little cubs away, you might want to avoid the bedroom if you can leave blood on the sheets, but other than that feel free to enjoy your sex life regardless of where you are in your menstrual cycle for the reasons we discuss below.

#1: The Benefits of Having Sex While on Your Period

Orgasms can help relieve your menstrual cramps without putting you at any risk. Menstrual cramps are a result of your uterus contracting to release its lining, and when you have an orgasm, the muscles of your uterus also contract, and release. This release can reduce the discomfort of menstrual cramps. Also, during sex, we release chemicals called endorphins which make us feel better and are nature’s own anti-depressants that do wonders against feeling down when menstruating.

Having sex while on your period can make your period shorter because an orgasm helps push out the contents of your uterus faster. Also, if you’re one of those women whose libido is through the roof during your period, why let it go to waste, especially given the fact that blood acts as a natural lubricant?! Last but not least, many women who have migraines report that they get them during their periods. Although many choose to spend those days under the covers alone, women who do have sex say that it completely or partially relieves their headaches.

#2: The Side Effects of Having Sex While on Your Period

The biggest side effect of having sex while menstruating is the mess. You can leave blood all over the sheets or your partner if you have a heavier flow, and anxiety or embracement over this can take away some of the fun. Also, you’re advised to always use protection when having sex, and being on your period doesn’t change anything in that department. On the contrary, unprotected sex increases the risk of transmitting STDs, especially those viruses that live in the blood, such as HIV or hepatitis, which is why using a condom during this time is a no-brainer. Lastly, forgetting to remove your tampon results in a visit to a doctor because it will get pushed so far up that you won’t be able to remove it yourself. In other words, don’t forget it!

Can You Still Get Pregnant?

To some women, getting pregnant isn’t a side effect, but if you’re not actively trying to conceive you should use protection because there is still a chance you could get pregnant if you have sex while menstruating. Obviously, the odds of conception are lower, but if your menstrual cycles are short those odds actually increase. Since this isn’t the kind of math you could ever do with absolute certainty, it’s best not to have unprotected sex and have your peace of mind.

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