Is period sex safe?

You might be wondering if having sex while on your period is safe. You might also be curious if it matters if you have sex before, during or right after your period. These are good questions! So, while there’s nothing really wrong with having sex when you’re on your period. It’s just important to understand that there are risks to period sex, just as there are with regular sex. I’ll share a few of them below.

Understand your Period cycle 

A woman/girl’s typical period or menstrual cycle will last anywhere between 25 to 35 days with an average of 29 days.

You may ovulate around day 12 to day 14 from the first day of your last period. Ovulation is counted from the first day of your last period because even if you’re bleeding, you might still be ovulating. 

While your period might be irregular in the beginning, it will sort itself over time – which means that you may expect your period to last between 2 to 7 days, with an average of 3 to 5 days, depending on your cycle.

Risks of having period sex

Pregnancy – There’s a chance of falling pregnant when you have unprotected period sex, especially towards the end of your period. Keep in mind that sperm can live up to 72 hours after ejaculationin a woman’s body, which means if you have sex, you can get pregnant any time before, during or even after your bleeding days, depending on your ovulation cycle. Remember to always use a condom to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.

STI infection – Pregnancy is not the only risk. You can still get STIs if you’re not using condoms. Remember that HIV also lives in the blood, so to reduce the chances of infection, always use condoms or dental dams when engaging in unprotected period sex.

It can be messy-You might mess your bedding, yourself and your partner during sex because of flowing blood. So, if you’re squeamish, you might not enjoy sex while worried about messing your bedding, yourself and your partner during sex.


Unpleasant odour – Lastly, period blood doesn’t exactly have a pleasant smell. So, this may affect how you and your partner enjoy sex, especially oral sex.

To sum it up, there isn’t anything technically wrong with having period sex. If you and your partner are comfortable with it, then you could have period sex as long as you use protection during sex. The risks I mentioned are not meant to scare you or convince you against having period sex. They’re are simply meant to highlight the factors that may affect your sexual reproductive health as well as your sexual intimacy. Periods are completely normal so there’s no reason to be grossed out about them, but the more you know about period sex and its risks, the more you’re able to make informed decisions about your sex life.

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