Is it safe to have sex during periods?
Unprotected sex during periods is not advisable. Having unprotected sex, whether oral, anal, or vaginal, always leads to a higher risk of infection owing to skin-to-skin genital contact. It is often considered to be safe to have sex during periods; however, it may lead to a risk of infection due to vaginal discharge. Yeast infection is the most common infection acquired during period sex. Implementing birth control measures, such as using a condom, may lower the chances of contracting the infection and possible pregnancy chances. However, there are a few common benefits of having protected sex during periods:
- Period cramp relief: Since the uterus may be shedding its lining, orgasm may relieve the menstrual cramp. The uterine muscles contract and release over time, leading to less muscle tension. Also, sex leads to the release of endorphins, which helps ease body pains, headaches, and discomfort.
- Better lubrication: One of the most prominent benefits of having sex during the period is that it allows better lubrication. If the vagina is mostly dry while having sex, the menstrual flow can help to enhance the lubrication by acting as a natural lubricant. This contributes to safer and comfortable sex.