Get Messy: The Pros and Cons Of Having Sex On Your Period


I once dated a guy who loved to go down on me when I was on my period.

I know, I know. I hope you’re not reading this over lunch.

He was a relatively normal guy, but he was obsessed with the female body. He didn’t like it when I wore makeup, hated when I shaved my hoo-ha and claimed to like me best in sweatpants and a hoodie. Heels were the Antichrist to him.

Don’t get me wrong, he was still the best sex I ever had. He was incredibly raw and made it a point to please me before I even thought about getting him off.

Once, when I warned him I was on my monthly flow, he responded with something along the lines of “So what?” and dove right in, headfirst.

Whenever I tell that story to friends, the reaction is usually a mixed bag of, “Ew!” and “What was he, a vampire?”

It’s not that period sex is taboo, it's just a matter of understanding the pros and cons of the act. Here’s what you need to know before you decide to get your "True Blood" on.

Con: You can still get preggo.

I know far too many girls who decided to ditch protection before Aunt Flo came to town.

This is a mistake. The chances of getting pregnant during your period are low, but it could happen.

For most women, cycles last 28-30 days. According to the American Pregnancy Association, however, if you happen to be someone who has a shorter cycle -- 21-24 days -- you could get pregnant while having sex during your period.

The likelihood isn’t as high as when you’re ovulating, but there's still a chance. And if you're anything like me, that chance can scare the sh*t out of you when your period stubbornly refuses to come around.

Pro: We’re extra horny around “that time."

It’s not just you. We’re wired to become horndogs around that time of the month.

During -- and sometimes directly after -- ovulation, our uteruses are just dying to produce new babies. That means a spike in sexy time for many women.

However, research on the subject tends to conflict. If you can't get off during period sex, you're definitely not alone.

Con: Guys may not want to touch you with a ten-foot pole, let alone their dick.

To be fair, not all guys are as into having blood on their chins like the guy I was dating.

Look, you may not be into the idea, either. No one wants to leave bed looking like a crime scene. One way to combat that is to have sex on some towels you don’t mind getting grimy.

If you’re really skeeved out by the idea of doing the dirty when it feels like the parting of the Red Sea down there, head to the shower for some quick and clean fun.

Pro: Say bye-bye to cramps.

Well, not bye-bye exactly, but you can at least say “see you later!"

Orgasms release dopamine and oxytocin, chemicals responsible for happiness. All those good vibes can help alleviate any period pains.

Whether your orgasm is achieved through actual intercourse, oral sex or masturbation, an orgasm is an orgasm. Get happy, girl.

Pro: Ditch the lube.

This one's pretty self-explanatory. Things are wet enough down there.