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Is It Good To Have Sex During Periods?

Let's chat about “getting cosy” during your period! Explore the ups, downs, and everything in between when it comes to intimacy during Aunt Flo's visit.

If you've ever found yourself wondering about the age-old question of whether it's a good idea to get busy between the sheets while Aunt Flo is in town, you're at the right place. Between unbearable cramps that feel like you’re being repeatedly punched in the lungs, and feeling extra…well, horny; ‘that time of the month’ is a rollercoaster ride that you never signed up for. But, we’re here to put this debate to rest of is it good to have sex during periods, once and for all.

The Pros

Pain Relief

One of the surprising positive effect of orgasms during your period is that it can actually relieve menstrual cramps. How, you ask? Well, orgasms release endorphins, your body's natural painkillers. It’s a great birthday gift for girlfriends and partners because you can give it to them every month! So, a little sexy time might be just what the doctor ordered for those cramps that make you want to curl up into a ball and Netflix binge.

Shorter Periods

Some studies suggest that orgasms can help your body shed the uterine lining faster. Translation: fewer days of dealing with Aunt Flo's visit. 

Intimacy Boost

Having sex during your period can bring you and your partner closer together. It's a time when you can both be vulnerable and caring for each other's needs and if you can handle this together and figure out ‘is it good to have sex during periods’, you can handle anything, right?

We’re a team

The Cons

Mess Factor

Okay, let's be real – while getting it on, there will be a bit of a mess. But hey, that's what towels are for, right? Lay one down and enjoy the ride without worrying about your pristine sheets. Or nip the problem in the bud by getting busy in the shower and letting your mess wash away as it happens.

Infection Risk

Your cervix is slightly more open during your period, making it easier for bacteria to travel up into your uterus. So, make sure you and your partner are squeaky clean before getting busy. We recommend using condoms during this time too!

Not for Everyone

Some people just aren't comfortable with even thinking about ‘is it good to have sex during periods?’, and that's perfectly okay. It's all about what makes you feel good and safe.

MyMuse Pro-tip: A word about protection—even though the risk of getting pregnant during your period is lower, it's not impossible. So, if you're not ready to be a parent just yet, don't forget your trusty contraception methods.

Better safe than sorry

Only The (Pro) Tips

Check out these crowd-sourced pro tips. Believe it or not, a LOT of people like getting frisky on their period. (Names have been hidden for confidentiality.)

Lay down some towels

If you’re worried about staining the sheets or other surfaces, just put towels down. Life’s too short to worry about these things, bro.


Take it to the shower

Just don’t use soap as lube and you’re GOOD! It’s a lot more slippery and you might end up laughing a lot, but it’s totally worth it. Plus, no messes when you are having sex in water


Don’t stick to missionary

Trust me, especially if you don’t mind getting messy, try switching it up with different positions. Doggy and sideways spooning really works for me. 


Don’t leave the toys behind 

Using something like Pulse full-body massager or Groove internal-external wand will seriously help those cramps. It’s something I swear by. Even though you’re sufficiently slippery down there, you could try adding Glide water-based lubricant gel to make it more so. 


Menstrual cups to the rescue

If, like me and my partner, you like a little tongue action, use intimate products for her like a menstrual cup. It’ll save you from any leakages and you can even concentrate on outercourse. 


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If you’re still wondering ‘is it good to have sex during periods?’, you have all these facts laid out in front of you, plus some pro tips from our pleasure community. So, go on and get it on! 

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Saundarya Srinivasan

When Saundarya is not writing about pleasure and intimacy, she can be found cosied up with a plate of sushi, a true crime documentary, and her dog Zorro. She spends her days crafting compelling stories and photographing people for art projects.

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