coupleThe idea that having sex on your period is unsafe is an old wives’ tale. The reality? There’s nothing hazardous or harmful about sexual intercourse during a menstrual period. Menstrual bleeding is the shedding of tissue from the lining of the uterus along with blood, a completely natural process. It may be messier to have intercourse during this time, especially if you have sex during the first three days of your period when the flow is heaviest, but you’re not putting yourself or your partner at risk when you have intercourse at this time. So, can you have sex on your period? Sure, but here are the considerations that you might keep in mind.

Is Having Sex On Your Period Bad? Maybe Not.
In many cases, women find their sexual desire is stronger just before or right after their period starts. Sex can also ease some of the stress and tension that goes along with “that time of the month.” Plus, sex stimulates the release of a hormone called oxytocin, sometimes called the “love” hormone. This release may help ease some of your menstrual symptoms, including menstrual cramps.

Having Sex During Your Period is a Choice.
Whether you are having sex on your period is a choice you and your partner should make based on how each of you feels about the issue. Not all men or women enjoy having sex during this time or have the desire to do so and that’s okay too.

Assumptions You Shouldn’t Make About Having Sex While On Your Period
Some gals believe they’re immune to getting pregnant when they have intercourse during a menstrual cycle. The chance of successfully conceiving while actively bleeding is low since ovulation typically occurs mid-cycle, but it’s still possible to conceive while having a period, especially if you have short or irregular menstrual cycles. Sperm lives inside your reproductive tract for 2 to 5 days. If you have a short or irregular cycle, you could ovulate right after your period stops and still have viable sperm available to fertilize an egg, so pregnancy is still possible.