Is Sexual Intercourse Safe During Menstrual Periods?

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Women have a menstrual period once a month during their reproductive period. Generally, people avoid sexual intercourse during this period.

However, research has revealed that having sexual intercourse during the menstrual period is beneficial for some things, contrary to popular belief.

Benefits of sexual intercourse during menstrual period

So what are the benefits of sexual intercourse during the menstrual period:

Reduction in menstrual cramps

The cramps that bother women during the menstrual period appear with the contraction of the uterus. Orgasms during this period can relieve cramps. Because, during orgasm, the uterus will contract and relax. This relaxation will bring some relief to menstrual cramps.

It also triggers the release of chemicals called feel-good endorphins. This can help you get rid of your menstrual discomfort.

shorter menstrual bleeding

Sexual intercourse can shorten menstrual periods. The muscle contractions that occur during orgasm make the menstrual bleeding go out faster. This may result in shorter periods.

May be good for headaches

About half of women with migraine headaches struggle with migraine attacks during their menstrual period. It has been observed that most women with menstrual migraine have partially or completely relieved their headaches during their attacks, when they have sexual intercourse.

Harms of sexual intercourse during menstruation

The biggest downside to sexual intercourse during menstruation is hygiene and the risk of spreading a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as HIV or hepatitis. Using a condom during sex can reduce your risk of spreading or catching an STI.

Another point to be aware of is that if a tampon is used during menstruation, it should be removed before sexual intercourse.

Is it possible to get pregnant with sexual intercourse during menstruation?

No matter what period of your menstrual cycle you are in, if you are not actively planning to become pregnant, you should be protected. It is possible, though less likely to get pregnant during menstruation.

HealthLine, Is It Safe to Have Sex During Your Periods? Tips, Benefits, and Side Effects, 2018

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