Period sex can be controversial. In my personal opinion, it is perfectly natural. Periods themselves are nothing to be ashamed of. They are a normal and healthy part of womanhood. Anyone who makes you feel gross or undesirable for being on your period is frankly pretty immature. However, I recognize that everyone has their own preferences 

Some people don’t like period sex. They feel crampy and uncomfortable or just don’t want to be touched.

On the other hand, others may be extra horny and turned on during their period. For those who do have period sex or want to try it, don’t let its taboo nature get the better of you.

Here is everything you need to know before you have period sex:

There will be a bit of blood, but clean up isn’t as bad as you think.

Towels will be your best friends for avoiding the mess. Put one or two rag towels down before you get down to business. Depending on what day of your period it is, the amount of blood will vary. Lighter days you may barely notice any mess at all! However, having an orgasm may also release a little extra menstrual blood. 

Experiment with positions that feel best and make you and your partner most comfortable.

Choosing which positions you do and the type of foreplay for period sex can really make or break the experience. Talk about what you and your partner are comfortable with. There is no right or wrong way to have period sex, but you do want to be on the same page. If you both are a little squeamish about the blood, try a position that works to minimize gravity’s impact. If you want to avoid the mess, cowgirl may not be the best choice. 

Menstrual blood is a natural lubricant.

You probably won’t even need lube during period sex. You may also be able to do less foreplay. Having the natural lubricant of the menstrual blood can help make the experience extra comfortable and pleasurable from the get-go. 

Sex can feel better when you’re on your period.

It’s a known fact that periods don’t have a negative affect on female sexual arousal. Many women even say they feel more sensitive and stimulated while on their period. 

Stay safe and use protection. Pregnancy can happen during period sex and STDs are more likely to be spread while you’re on your period.

Use birth control and a condom to minimize your risk as much as possible. You’re not invincible to getting pregnant while on your period. You are also highly susceptible to STDS like HIV while on your period. Your cervix during ovulation is naturally more open which can put you at a higher risk for infections like STIs. 

Orgasms can ease your cramps and some symptoms of PMS.

Since orgasms release endorphins, women often find that this can alleviate their PMS symptoms like stress, cramps, tension or fatigue. 

Above all, when it comes to period sex, do what makes you happy. It is a personal choice. You shouldn’t ever feel obligated to do anything that makes you uncomfortable ever. Don’t let the lies society tells you hinder how you want to live your life. 

  • Maggie Mahoney is an editorial fellow based in Washington D.C. She is a soon to be graduating senior at American University studying Literature with a minor in Communications. Maggie is passionate about poetry, elementary education, blogging, and R&B music. She loves to cook and try new cuisines and considers herself a textbook Virgo.