Here's What Doctors Have to Say About Having Sex on Your Period


Period sex can be polarizing: Some people really aren't into it and some think it's basically the best thing ever, but what do actual doctors have to say? Well it turns out, according to the experts, period sex is all a matter of taste.

"If she's starting or ending [her period], there's no reason medically why that wouldn't be a perfect time for sex," Dr. Maureen Whelihan, OB-GYN, told MTV News

But whether it's because of the mess or the period cramps, sometimes you're just not in the mood. "Some women and their partners are adverse to the idea of sex during the menstrual period," Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB-GYN, wrote on her blog in 2011.

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But, "orgasms can help cramps, big time," Gunter wrote. "In addition, if you avoid sex entirely during your period, that can be seven or more sexless days a month. Or what if your period comes while you are on an awesome vacation. Are you really going to not have sex in Fiji because you have your period?"

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Good point, doctor. Gunter also recommended using a menstrual cup to cut down on mess during period sex (if that's what you're worried about). Famed sexpert Dr. Ruth basically agreed, telling Jezebel back in 2008 that period-sex-havers should "just use a diaphragm to make it less messy. ... It will catch it and keep it up there."

But the basic gist is that period sex is safe, albeit messy, so if you're into it, there's no reason not to. Don't believe the old myth that you can't get pregnant during your period though, because you totally can.