Sex During Menstrual Period

Menstruation is a process that causes discomfort and pain for many women. The question of how appropriate it is to have sex in this process is controversial. Some people think that having sex during menstruation will be uncomfortable or unhygienic, while others argue that it is possible to have sex during this period.

In fact, there are some advantages to having sex during your period. For example, during menstruation, women's sexual desire may increase and orgasm may be experienced more intensely as blood flow in the vaginal area increases. However, every woman is different and deciding whether it is okay to have sex during her period is a personal preference.

In this article, we'll talk in more detail about the advantages and disadvantages of having sex during your period, and provide tips for a healthy and safe sex experience.



Menstruation is a natural part of a woman's reproductive system and is a monthly event. In this process, the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium) is shed and vaginal bleeding occurs. Menstruation allows women to maintain their reproductive abilities and is a normal physiological process when it occurs in a healthy cycle.

The menstrual cycle takes place due to hormonal changes. Each month, an egg cell matures and is released (ovulation) in one of the ovaries. If the egg cell is fertilized, pregnancy occurs. If fertilization does not occur, the inner lining of the uterus is shed and vaginal bleeding occurs and menstruation begins.

The menstrual period usually lasts 3-7 days and can be shorter or longer than 28 days. Menstrual bleeding includes blood and uterine lining, as well as cervical mucus and vaginal secretions. The amount of bleeding may be different for each woman and may vary from month to month, even for the same woman.

Periods can cause discomfort and pain for some women. These pains are often accompanied by symptoms such as cramps, headache, nausea and fatigue. These symptoms are due to hormonal changes and can often be alleviated with medications and other methods.

Menstruation can be different for every woman, and some women may experience an irregular or painful period. However, menstruation is a normal physiological process and is important for maintaining a healthy life.


It is possible to have sex during the menstrual period. However, every woman may think differently in this regard and may have her own preferences. Some women feel uncomfortable having sex during their period, while others continue their sex life without any problems.

Sexual activity during the menstrual period can be uncomfortable for women. Menstrual pains and cramps can increase during sexual activity and prevent women from relaxing and enjoying themselves. For this reason, relaxation methods such as taking pain medications or massaging can be tried before having sex during the menstrual period.



Hygiene rules should be observed . Hygiene is very important during the menstrual period. It is necessary to change the health products used according to preference frequently, and to wash and clean the genital area frequently. This helps prevent sexually transmitted infections and other health problems.

Conservation methods should be used. Condoms should be used to protect against sexually transmitted diseases during the menstrual period. In addition, although the probability of getting pregnant during menstruation is low, birth control methods can also be used to prevent pregnancy.

Painkillers can be used during menstruation. Pain and cramping during menstruation may cause more discomfort during sexual intercourse. Therefore, the use of painkillers during the menstrual period may be recommended (please consult your doctor).

It should be discussed before intercourse. Having sex during your period should be something that both parties are comfortable with. It is important for partners to be comfortable and talk about it. In addition, attention should be paid to whether both parties are ready for sexual intercourse.

Appropriate positions should be preferred during the menstrual period. During menstruation, some positions may be more comfortable. For example, the female-on-top position may be more comfortable. Therefore, suitable positions should be chosen during sexual intercourse during the menstrual period.


Although it is possible to continue sexual activities during the menstrual period, it should be noted that some positions may be more comfortable. Here are a few sex positions that may be suitable for menstruation:

  1.       Partner-up position: In this position, a partner controls movements and helps menstrual fluids flow more easily.
  2.       Missionary position: In this position, one partner lies on his back and the other partner is on top of him. This position can facilitate the flow of menstrual fluids.
  3.       Side lying position: Both partners lie on their side, while the other partner penetrates from behind. This position can help menstrual fluids flow more easily.
  4.       Oral sex: During your period, oral sex may also be an option. This will affect the flow of menstrual fluids less.
  1.       External stimulation: For those who want to avoid sexual activity during their period, external stimulation can be a good alternative.

However, everyone has different preferences and it is important to determine the position that is most comfortable for them. Also, avoiding sexual activities during menstruation depends on personal preferences and it is important for partners to make decisions by talking to each other.



Many people who want to continue sexual activities during their period may wonder if this is hygienic. It's important to be extra careful about hygiene, as the vagina produces bleeding and other fluids during your period.

Bleeding and more vaginal fluids during sexual activities can increase the risk of infection. Therefore, it is important to take care of cleaning the vagina and genital area before and after sexual activities. You can do your daily cleaning using soap and water. Also, it may be necessary to change and clean pads or tampons frequently during the menstrual period.

Condoms used during sexual activities may tear or break the risk of perforation when they come into contact with menstrual fluids. Therefore, before using condoms, it is recommended that partners choose a position suitable for the flow of menstrual fluids. In addition, the correct use and replacement of condoms will also reduce the risk of infection.

Women who want to engage in sexual activities during their menstrual period can remove tampons or menstrual cups as long as they are not using them. However, tampons can cause discomfort during sexual activities and can be difficult to remove. Therefore, it is recommended to remove it before sexual activities when using tampons.

As a result, sexual activities are possible during menstruation, but it's important to be extra careful about hygiene. Being open and honest with each other and using the right cleaning and protection methods will reduce the risk of infection.


Sex can cause the release of endorphins in the body, which can reduce pain. Also, the vagina becomes more moist during menstruation, which can provide more comfort during sexual activity. Sexual activity can also reduce uterine contractions during menstruation, which can help relieve menstrual pain.

It has been studied by many studies that sex can have a positive effect on relieving the pain and cramps experienced during the menstrual period. In a study conducted in 2010, it was shown that women who regularly engage in sexual activity during their menstrual period experience less menstrual cramps than those who do not (1). Similarly, another study conducted in 2015 revealed that sexual activity relieves pain during menstruation and reduces uterine contractions (2).

The reason for these effects is thought to be that sexual activity causes the release of endorphins in the body and that these hormones have a pain-reducing effect. Endorphins also act as a natural pain reliever in the body and can help reduce pain.

However, more research is needed on this topic, and every woman's menstrual experience is different. For some women, sexual activity may increase or cause discomfort rather than relieving pain. Therefore, the benefits and risks of having sex during menstruation vary from person to person, and everyone's preferences are different.


Although there is no clear information about the harms of sex during menstruation, there are some risks. One of these risks is infection. Menstrual fluid can change the pH balance of the vagina and increase the risk of infection. There may also be an increased risk of transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STDs). There are some studies showing that sexual activity during menstruation may increase the risk of STD (1).

Another risk of having sex during your period is the possibility of pregnancy. Many women may engage in unprotected sexual activities, thinking that their period is a safe period. However, the possibility of pregnancy still exists. Since ovulation does not occur during the menstrual period, the probability of pregnancy is low, but not impossible (2).

Women who experience excessive bleeding during their menstrual period, women with certain gynecological problems such as adenomyosis or endometriosis, or women who use spirals may be at risk of increasing the severity of bleeding by having sex during menstruation. These women may want to avoid sexual activity or prefer less intense positions during their menstrual period (3).

However, all of these risks are generally considered low risk. There is not enough scientific evidence that sexual activity during menstruation is harmful to health. Because every woman is different, she should act according to her unique situations and needs when deciding on sexual activity during her period.

Sex during menstruation is a very personal matter and every woman has a unique experience. While some women feel comfortable having sex during this period, others may feel uncomfortable. Therefore, many women may have different opinions on this matter.

However, research shows that sex during menstruation is generally safe for health. It is known that sex during menstruation is not harmful if done in a hygienic environment and correctly. In addition, some women state that they can get more pleasure from sexual intercourse during this period.

Of course, because every woman's body is different, some women may experience excessive bleeding or pain during their period. In this case, it is better to refrain from sexual activities. In addition, it should be noted that bleeding may increase while having sex during menstruation. Therefore, it is important to properly clean and disinfect the materials used to maintain a hygienic environment.


Having open and honest communication with your partner will help you decide how to say you want to have sex during your period. It is important to choose the right time to talk about it. It is best to talk to your partner beforehand and discuss this in a relaxed atmosphere.

It shouldn't be embarrassing to tell your partner that you want to have sex during your period. Depending on how knowledgeable your partner is about menstruation and whether they are aware of the harmfulness of having sex during their period, you may need to be prepared to provide some education on the subject. Also, if your partner has any concerns or concerns about their period, it's important to talk about these concerns as well.

Listed below are some suggestions to feel comfortable talking about this topic with your partner:

  • Speak in a friendly atmosphere and make eye contact with your partner to get their attention.
  • During your conversation, respect your partner's feelings and try to understand what they are feeling.
  • Start your conversation with an open-ended question and listen to his ideas. For example, "What do you think about sexual intercourse during your period?" You can ask a question like
  • It may also be helpful to share scientific resources with references that having sex during your period is safe for your health and that of your partner.
  • If your partner is uncomfortable with this, try to understand their feelings and look for alternative options together.

Open and honest communication about the menstrual period is important for a healthy sex life.


As a result, sex during menstruation is a personal preference and may not pose a health risk. However, since each person's experiences with their period may be different, it is important that you have a comfortable and safe experience talking to your partner. Taking appropriate hygiene measures and choosing comfortable positions during the menstrual period can help both partners have a pleasant experience. It should not be forgotten that sexual intercourse should always be carried out in a friendly, comfortable and safe manner. If you feel any discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse, stop immediately and consult your doctor.

STD: It can be named as infections that can be transmitted from one person to another through sexual contact.


  1.       Harel, Z., et al. (2010). Sexual activity and dysmenorrhea: a prospective study. Journal of Sex Medicine, 7(3), 1135-1143.
  2.       Ozgoli, G., et al. (2015). Effect of sexual intercourse on primary dysmenorrhea: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 41(5), 446-453.


  1.       Brotman, RM, Ghanem, KG, Klebanoff, MA, Taha, TE, Scharfstein, DO, & Zenilman, JM (2010). The effect of vaginal douching cessation on bacterial vaginosis: a pilot study. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, 203(1), 40-e1.
  2.       Gallo, MF, Grimes, DA, Schulz, KF, & Helmerhorst, FM (2005). Combination contraceptives: effects on weight. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, (1).
  3.       Kilic, D., & Korkmaz, H. (2015). Sexual life during menstruation: a qualitative study. Journal of sex research, 52(1), 52-61.


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