If you're someone who menstruates, then it's possible you could spend nearly 10 years — or about 3,500 days— of your life on your period. And unless you want to give up a decade of getting it on, then chances are you're going to have sex on your period at some point. Period sex is totally harmless, safe, and natural, and since orgasms release oxytocin, they can even help relieve menstrual cramps. If you've never tried it and are wondering what you should know about period sex, then I've got some expert tips for how to make it as pleasurable and mess-free as possible.
Not everyone wants to get down and dirty when they're menstruating, and that's OK. "Some vulva owners get super horny on their periods and others don't — it depends on your comfort level, as well as your hormonal levels and response," Gigi Engle, a certified sexologist and the author of All the F*cking Mistakes: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life, tells Elite Daily. "Do whatever works for you, but don't shy away just because it's messy. We should enjoy our bodies, no matter the time of the month." Yes to that. Here's some expert advice for how to approach period sex.