Myth: You should not have period sex
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Myth: You should not have period sex

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Women feel higher levels of arousal while on their period. Yet, according to an Instagram survey we conducted in 2020, 83% of women think having period sex is messy. Perhaps it’s the complicated routine before, during and after period sex that puts people off, or maybe it’s the thought of bleeding on your partner. The most common concerns with period sex are hygiene-related and can often be solved with a little extra effort.

Medically, there has been talk of the possibility that you might experience ‘retrograde menstruation’ if you have period sex; a condition closely linked with endometriosis which causes period blood to move in the opposite direction. This is a very common phenomenon but severe cases are known to cause endometriosis. However, the chances of this happening are slim. So why are people still afraid of period sex?

Myth: Period sex

The choice to have period sex is yours. There is no medical evidence suggesting that period sex is harmful. In fact, there are many benefits linked to period sex. For example, orgasms cause muscles in your uterus to contract, which provides relief from cramps. Orgasms also release endorphins, the ‘feel-good’ hormone, which helps with PMS symptoms. Orgasms also help shorten your cycle since the muscular contractions in your uterus help remove menstrual content quicker.

While you are still advised to use contraception, period blood acts as a lubricant. Here are some simple wasy to maintain hygiene during period sex. In case you are concerned with having to clean up after, you can simply lay down a towel or have sex in the shower! To know more about the do’s and don’ts of period sex, watch this.


Through ‘Debunking Myths’, we acknowledge period myths and expose them with verified facts. Let’s debunk more period myths here.

Reference: Healthline & MedicalNewsToday

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