- Sex during menstruation isn’t harmful: There’s a pervasive myth out there that
and full of impurities that might harm the penis. This is nonsense! Menstrual blood is a mixture of healthy blood and the discarded tissues that line the uterus each month in preparation for pregnancy. Coming in contact with this blood will not harm the penis in any way. In fact, menstruation blood serves as a great (and harmless) lubricant.
There is also a common misconception that the penis can hurt the uterus during sex while she’s having her period. It’s true that a tiny opening corps up in the uterus to pass menstrual blood during her period, this hole is impossibly small for the penis to enter. Sex during menstruation causes absolutely no harm to a woman’s uterus.
Menstruation may increase a woman’s sex drive: Many women feel a higher sex drive during them. There is a lot of conflicting and confusing information about why this happens. But one reason, according to Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of, is that a woman’s estrogen is at an all-time low at the beginning of her period. As her estrogen levels rise over the following week, her testosterone levels rise as well, helping her be turned on more easily.
Another factor may be the increased blood flow and lubrication in the genital region, a heaviness that could translate into arousal. The possibility of getting pregnant is also lower during this time, which might make women feel more sexually liberal. Also, some women may become aroused by the thought of doing something sexually forbidden or unconventional.
You might like it—a lot: Arousal is different for every woman, and some may be too distracted by their period and its annoyances to actually get in the mood for sex. But for others, menstruation could actually be a turn-on of sorts. That’s because your estrogen and testosterone are low on day 1 of your cycle (the day your period starts), but they start to rise by day 3.
Sex during menstruation can relieve cramps: Having sex during the period may give you pain relief from cramps by releasing pain-reducing endorphins into the bloodstream. Also, according to some scientists, sex during this time provides further relief by using up chemicals, which are the main cause for menstrual cramps.
Sex during menstruation could also knock a few days off your period. This is because the extra contractions your uterus experiences during orgasm can help get rid of menstrual blood faster, ending your cycle sooner than usual.
It can reduce stress and help you sleep: The endorphins that release during sex are also amazing at lowering stress levels: Studies show that couples who have sex more frequently have fewer blood-pressure spikes and healthier reactions to stressful situations. Getting it on with your partner is also a great way to feel closer, strengthen your bond, and feel good about yourself and your body.