Periods have a tendency to final between three to five days (though typically they drag on a whole rattling week), and they have a tendency to hold going till menopause, which often hits round age 50.
So when you’ve sworn off interval intercourse—nicely, these days undoubtedly add up.
It used to be that interval intercourse obtained a nasty rap (“Ewww, it’s gross!”), however nowadays, lots of people have come round to the concept intercourse whereas menstruating shouldn’t be solely completely regular, it’s actually good for you. Still, there are numerous misconceptions about it, so to assist us wade via the information about interval intercourse (and give us tips about how to have nice interval intercourse), we reached out to New York-based physician Alyssa Dweck, M.D., writer of The Complete A to Z for your V, and Jane van Dis, M.D., an OB/GYN with Maven, the digital clinic for ladies.
Period intercourse actually does have health advantages.
It’s nicely-recognized that a bit of nookie might help alleviate interval cramps. “Yes, orgasms (and their uterine muscle contractions) are associated with the release of feel-good chemicals and neurotransmitters—which naturally help with pain,” Dwerk says.
One research discovered that women who had a higher frequency of orgasms experienced less menstrual pain. In addition, Dwerk says, some ladies even have heightened libido throughout their menses… which all the time leads to higher intercourse.
“I’ve heard anecdotal evidence from patients that having sex and using menstrual discs and cups can help shorten your period,” van Dis says. “But I haven’t seen any studies demonstrating this.”
Still… higher protected than sorry, proper? Especially when “being safe” means “having an orgasm.”
… however you continue to want to use safety.
“Period sex is definitely safe, so long as you continue the same sorts of practices to prevent pregnancy and STIs that you would when you’re not on your period,” van Dis says.
Many STIs, similar to hepatitis B and C and HIV, are transmitted by means of bodily fluids, together with menstrual blood. Syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are additionally sexually transmitted, and van Dis notes that OB/GYNs have been seeing an elevated fee of all three. Some knowledge suggests that you could be even be more prone to some infections during menstruation. The correlation isn’t particular, although.
When half the inhabitants menstruates, there’s actually no want to whisper about it.
“Some have hypothesized that since the cervix is slightly opened to allow menstrual blood and endometrial lining to pass, that there could be increased risk for transmission of viruses or bacteria during period sex,” van Dis says. “But there haven’t been any definitive studies showing this is true.”
So should you’re non-monogamous, it’s a good suggestion to use a condom (throughout your interval… not throughout your interval… just about all the time).
And sure, you possibly can nonetheless get pregnant.
One of the previous myths about interval intercourse is that you would be able to’t get pregnant, however that’s completely false. “I tell women that while the chance of conceiving on days one to seven of the cycle is low, it’s not zero,” van Dis says. “If you’re not ready to become a parent, it’s best to use at least one reliable form of birth control at all times.”
There are methods to scale back the messiness.
Van Dis suggests bathe intercourse or a product like a menstrual disc, which can be utilized for mess-free interval intercourse. Other enjoyable choices: Do it within the bathtub, or when you’ve got an excellent-secluded outside area, that is the right time to take benefit. To keep away from massive messes on heavy move days, you possibly can throw a towel down on the mattress; escape the particular, black bedsheets; and keep away from positions just like the cowgirl, as a result of gravity.
Perceptions are altering.
While interval intercourse used to be pretty taboo, that is not the case, Dweck and van Dis say. In reality, more than 75 percent of the men polled in a current survey stated they’d love to have intercourse throughout menstruation. Dwerk says companions want to brazenly talk with one another about their consolation ranges. “Menses and vaginal health and hygiene in general are still controversial subjects. Let’s change this,” Dweck says.
Adds van Dis: “When half the population menstruates, there’s really no need to whisper about it.”
Julissa Treviño is a author and journalist at present based mostly in Mexico. Her work has appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, The Dallas Morning News, Racked, Man Repeller, Teen Vogue, and CityLab. Follow her @JulissaTrevino.