Can you have sex on your period?

Posted on 13 April 2023 by Natalia
Can you have sex on your period?
Sometimes your period can happen at the worst moment…right before a romantic evening with your partner! Can you take the plunge even though you’re surfing the crimson wave? Read on to hear all about the advantages and drawbacks of having sex when you’re on your period.

Is it safe to have sex during your period?

There is no medical reason to avoid having sex during your period. The only important factor to take into account is whether both partners want to make love, or if they’d prefer to wait for another time. It's up to each partner to set their own limits and be honest about their desires and fears.

What are the benefits of having sex during your period?

While period sex may be taboo for many, there are some benefits to having sex during your period.

Natural lubrication

Menstrual blood acts as a natural lubricant, making penetration easier.

Pain relief

Orgasms release endorphins, natural painkillers that can help relieve the pain of menstrual cramps and migraines.

Shorter periods

When you have an orgasm during your period, your uterus will contract, helping to release more menstrual blood... so the length of your period may be shortened!

Can you become pregnant during your period?

Although the risk is lower, it is not impossible to get pregnant during your period. Ovulation is not the same for all women and predicting your fertile period is sometimes uncertain. Plus, sperm can live for up to four days in your body, so fertilisation is always possible. Don’t forget to continue taking your usual contraceptive methods, regardless of your cycle.

Are there any safety measures I should take?

Use a condom


Condoms reduce the risk of pregnancy and will protect you against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Remove your tampon or menstrual cup

Keeping a tampon or menstrual cup in your vagina during sex can cause complications.

Protect your bedding

Use a mattress protector or cover the bed with old sheets to avoid staining your bedding.

Choose the right position

Certain sexual positions, like the missionary position, reduce blood flow during sex.

What if my partner doesn’t feel comfortable with the idea?

Blood may frighten or disgust your partner. Here are some arguments to try and convince them.

Menstrual blood is a natural body fluid

Menstrual blood is no dirtier than saliva or sweat. It is necessary for the proper functioning of the female reproductive cycle.

Suggest making love in the shower

Making love in the shower may reassure your partner and make the experience “cleaner” in their eyes.

Respect your partner's boundaries

If you find that you can't convince your partner, don't force them. The most important thing is to establish open communication about the matter.

What about oral sex?

Yes, you can have oral sex during your period. Again, the consent of both partners is vital.

Wearing a tampon or menstrual cup will reduce the amount of blood in the genital area, making it possible to stimulate the outer erogenous zones (the labia or clitoris, for example) without undue discomfort.