Sex During Periods – 5 things to know!

Having sex during menstruation is a personal decision. It is important to prioritize what makes you comfortable and feel safe during menstrual period time. It is worth noting that there are a few things to consider when engaging in sexual activity during your period.

From a medical point of view, intercourse during menstruation is perfectly fine. It is generally safe to have sex during menstruation. Having sex during periods can be confusing at times. Most men have claimed that period sex seems messier when compared to intercourse on normal days.

Sex During Periods – 5 things to know!

Sex during menstruation is not harmful. Contrary to popular myth, menstrual blood does not contain any impurities that can affect the penis in any way. In contrast, menstrual blood is normal blood mixed with tissue removed from the lining of the uterus. Penis is not affected by menstrual blood in any way. Menstrual blood acts as an excellent lubricant to make the intercourse process smooth.


Sex During Periods – 5 things to know!

Some women say that having sex during their period helps ease their cramps.

During orgasm / climaxing ‘pain-relieving endorphins are released are into the bloodstream. According to a medical research that intercourse provides relief by acting on the chemicals that cause cramps. Therefore, menstrual intercourse is more relaxed and less painful than on normal days.

Sex During Periods – 5 things to know!

Many women feel more sexual urges during menstruation. They more aroused during periods. This is due to increased hormone levels. Some feel heaviness in the pelvis, due to increased blood flow in pelvis. More blood flow increases sex drive.

Hence one can have an amazing sex session during periods.

Sex During Periods – 5 things to know!

Sex reduces stress. It improves sleep. This is due to the feel good hormone : oxytocin. It is also known known as intimacy/cuddle hormone. During orgasm plenty of this hormone is produced and sent into bloodstream. This helps in vanishing anxiety and stressful thoughts. Afterwards make the individual to sleep well. Oxytocin encourages bonding and empathy, which leads to an increased feeling of bonding and intimacy.

In the case of men the brain releases more of a hormone, which can make them susceptible to sex addiction. When a man has an orgasm, the main hormone which is released is dopamine (pleasure hormone) and this surge can be addictive.

Sex During Periods – 5 things to know!

The biggest downside to having sex during menstrual period is messy, dirty and annoying feeling.  Menstrual blood can get on the individuals and on the sheets, especially if the flow is heavy. Anxiety over making a mess can take some or all of the fun out of sex. Men may have worst feel after seeing the blood stained penis. Few men have aggravation of pre existing penile itch papule.


Having a period does not mean sex is not an option. Women have benefits of having sex during menstruation. It includes shorter periods due to uterine contractions during orgasm. lighter, less painful periods, reduced stress and improved sleep.


     Dr. Vijayakumar did his MBBS in Kilpauk Medical College and later went on to Madras Medical College for his Master courses in Clinical Pathology. He underwent masters in Psychology and Yoga. Underwent Fellowship training in Andrology and Clinical Embryology by Prof Ariff Bongso. Did his PhD in Hormones, Yoga and Sexual problems. He has been trained by the Council of Sex Education & Parenthood International (India). He was the first medical professional to start an exclusive clinic for the management of sexual problems in Salem,Tamil Nadu in the year 1988. He has put up more than thirty years experience. He has offered professional help to thousands of persons especially newly married. Besides treating sexual dysfunctions, he is also an expert in treating pre-marital counselling.

Trekking and offroad jeeping are his other passions.